In a city where owning a car is usually more of a hassle than it’s worth, taxi cabs play a vital role for intra-city transport. According to the 2009 annual report from the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC),
there are over 13,000 licensed yellow (medallion) cabs in the city. These medallion cabs are the only vehicles allowed in New York City to pick up passengers hailing on the street or at taxi stands.
Anyone who has ever tried to hail a cab on a rainy day on a busy street during rush hour knows how hard it can be to get one. If you are lucky enough to be near one of the following Dispatcher-Operated Taxi Stands though you can get a cab with virtually no effort at all. Though you may need to get in a long line.
- Port Authority Bus Terminal: Eighth Avenue between West 41st and West 42nd Streets.
- Port Authority Bus Terminal: Eighth Avenue between West 40th and West 41st Streets.
- Penn Station: Seventh Avenue and West 32nd Street
- Penn Station: Eighth Avenue and West 33rd Street
- Grand Central Terminal: Vanderbilt Avenue and East 42nd Street
- Peter Minuit Plaza: Across from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal
- Citicorp Center: Lexington Avenue between East 53rd and East 54th Streets
If you do plan on riding in a cab, the following information on rates will be of use (Source: TLC) http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/passenger/taxicab_rate.shtml:
- The unit fare is:
* one-fifth of a mile, when the taxicab is traveling at 6 miles an hour or more; or
* 60 seconds when not in motion or traveling at less than 12 miles per hour.
* Night surcharge of $.50 after 8:00 PM & before 6:00 AM
* Peak hour Weekday Surcharge of $1.00 Monday – Friday after 4:00 PM & before 8:00 PM
* New York State Tax Surcharge of $.50 per ride.
* $2.50 just for getting out of the rain
* $0.40 for each additional unit