Taxicabs, Livery Cars and Limousines
A NEW RULE PASSED:
Borough Taxis are serving New Yorkers starting summer 2013.
When hailing a taxicab, you simply put your arm out to signal to a cab that you need a ride. This should be done on the sidewalk by the curb. (Though some bold folks go right out into the gutter and stand near traffic).
You can also hail a taxicab using mobile device apps (Taxi Magic , Hailo, and Uber Taxi). They are free to download and are available on Android and iOS devices.
- medallion number lit: cab is vacant and can take you as a passenger.
A taxi cab's passenger limit is 5 people which includes the driver, so you can only have 3 other passengers with you. Additional passengers are only accepted if under 7 years old, and must sit in the lap of an adult in the back seat. All cabs have seat belts, so buckle up!
NYC TAXI CAB FARES
All cabs can print out a receipt and its best to ask for this after s/he tells you what the fare is at the end of your trip. Most cabs can accept credit cards. You can request a particular route, or ask the driver to turn off any audio.
Occasionally, I have taken a Livery car to work from the train
station in Crown Heights. At that time, there were no commercial cabs
to be found in that area (this was in the early 90s).. I'd say their price was fair and I
didn't run into any wacko or rude drivers with crude
mouths. Here in Manhattan, they were very nice about taking small
furniture across town in their trunk. In the dark it is hard to tell a livery car from
someone just trying to get you to get into his car.
There are many limousine servives in NYC, and unfortunately, I cannot reconmend any. Perhaps the clerk at your hotel knows of a good service.
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