NYC Taxi and Livery Issues
Revised in March 2006, this is the "indispensable" guide to the New York City
taxicab industry, says the Financial Times of London. Information on taxi ridership, trip purposes, fares, customer satisfaction,
service availability, industry finances, driver earnings, medallion prices,
cars, accidents, driver quality, driver background and nationality,
and history and development of the NYC taxi industry.
The cab fleet is not just 13,000 individual vehicles -- it also forms
a spatial, economic, environmental and social system. This essay, written
as part of the Design Trust for Public Space's
2005 Designing the Taxi project and exhibition, assesses the current taxi system
and proposes possible systemic changes to improve service.
New York City cabbies are less crash-prone than other drivers;
as a result, passengers are less likely to be injured as a passenger
in a taxicab or livery car than as an occupant of other vehicles. The report
presents a wide-ranging analysis of NYC crash data. (2006)
This report examines data collected over the past decade to assess the
relationship between driver earnings and motor vehicle crashes involving taxicabs.
The study finds that there appears to be a strong relationship
between taxicab crash rates and driver incomes. Higher driver incomes are associated
with lower crash rates. (2004)
This published study utilizes a unique dataset from New York City to quantify
how taxi fare increases affect trip demand and the availability of taxi service,
in the first published statistically-significant estimates of taxi fare
At the end of the century, the NYC taxi industry set new records for ridership,
revenue and occupancy. At the same time, service availability neared
its lowest point in at least a decade. This report summarizes comprehensive
data on taxi ridership, availability and industry finances.
Issues in Taxi Regulation
Who drives taxicabs and why? What are their major problems? How do their
problems affect the industry and passengers? How is the taxi industry organized?
Is the famous (or infamous) taxi medallion system good or bad? What is leasing?
Why do drivers hate it? Are their complaints merited? How has leasing affected
the industry? And what can be done about the "taxi mess"?
This 3-part series of papers examines these questions and evaluates a range
of policy solutions. Published in the journal Transportation Quarterly,
Fall 1995, Winter 1996 and Spring 1996.
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