Five-Borough Taxi Plan Essential for NYC
August 22, 2012
By Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
I am disappointed in a New York Supreme Court ruling that blocks the implementation of the groundbreaking Five-Borough Taxi Plan. Millions of hard working New Yorkers who live outside the Manhattan Core are treated like second-class citizens when it comes to taxi service. That’s why I supported the City’s position by filing an amicus brief with the Court.
It should be as easy to hail a cab in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, as it is on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Instead, special interests are holding up this historic reform, leaving millions to haggle on street corners late at night, never knowing if the vehicle is safe or the driver trained. Still more are forced to try their luck at tracking down one of the few accessible yellow cabs currently on our streets.
Moreover, these special interests have helped create a $635 million hole in our City’s budget.
I urge the City to appeal the ruling, but I also encourage all stakeholders—from the yellow cab industry to livery operators to community leaders—to get back to the negotiating table immediately.
We cannot wait for better taxi service in all five boroughs. New Yorkers deserve better.