…thick with taxicabs

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

2 thoughts on “…thick with taxicabs

  1. I really like NYCityMap and the blog. We are working on a similar concept at the Port of San Diego. Is there any documentation on the technology you use? I am pretty sure it is ArcGIS Server .NET api, but I can’t tell.

    I forwarded a link on to my supervisors and decision makers here at the Port so they can learn how others are disseminating geographic information to the public. Our efforts are currently only internal.

  2. Thanks for your interest in NYCityMap.

    The Citywide GIS Group within the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has developed an internal product known as WebMap upon which NYCityMap is built. WebMap is a reusable framework enabling web applications to include a mapping component as part of their user interface. WebMap in its default form includes a large amount of functionality, including map tools, basemap tiles (planimetric and orthophotography), additional map layers, search capability, etc. WebMap can be customized on an individual application basis to control which layers are included, which search types are available, which tools are available, what event data is displayed on the map, and more. The WebMap framework is currently used in production by several applications, including, but not limited to: 311 Analytics, SCOUT on the Web and NYCityMap applications.

    WebMap is a client/server framework. Server side logic is written in Java. The client side logic is written in JavaScript and heavily utilizes the Dojo Toolkit. All communication between the client and the server is implemented as AJAX calls. The map rendered by WebMap is made up of basemap image tiles overlaid with SVG or VML markup representing the additional layers, event data, etc.

    Hope this helps!

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