For First Time, Yellow Cabs Take Back Seat To Ride Service Vehicles

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For the first time ever, more New Yorkers are using ride service vehicles like Uber than the city’s famed yellow cabs.

The New York Times crunched the numbers provided by Uber and found people took an average of 289,000 Uber rides every day in July compared with 277,000 taxi trips.

And those trips weren’t limited to Manhattan. The paper says more than half of the increased pickups were in Queens.

Transportation consultant Bruce Schaller said there are also four times more ride service vehicles in the city now compared to just two years ago and that means more traffic.

“It’s much easier to get a ride when you need one,” Schaller told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell. “On the other hand, particularly in Manhattan, these vehicles have increased congestion.”

Schaller feels the big problem is when cars don’t have passengers.

“The big increase in vehicles that are circulating within Manhattan, they’re not driving in the morning and parking and then driving home at night,” he said.

Schaller favors some form of congestion pricing.


One Comment

  1. The city should get rid of those medallions and add a tax both on Uber and the cabs. Even if it were even ground who wants to ride in those dirty cabs? Maybe they will clean them and make the experience better. It is basic competition. The yellow cabs have had it too goo too long. Time to shake it up.

  2. Are those yellow cab medallions still $100,000 + ?

  3. I wonder how long it will be before HBO airs a new program named “Uber Confessions”?

  4. Thank God.  I hate the cab companies, all of them. NYC’s is incredibly corrupt and outside NYC, taxi’s are filthy and the drivers are very slow. Thank God for true capitalism. I will always do Uber over a taxi any day.

  5. Matt Ramos says:

    I visited NY city in February for the first time. My wife and I grabbed a cab to Katz delicatessan from our hotel. We had Google Maps pulled up. The map showed us about a 20 minute ride. Every time my wife would give the driver directions, “Turn left here” or “Couldn’t you make a right coming up”? The driver kept going. We could see on our app that the time kept getting longer and longer with each minute. When we finally got there about 40 minutes later we paid our fare. Left a small tip and used Uber for the rest of our stay in NY. Not sure if that would have been the experience with every cabby in NY but I didn’t have the money to find out.

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