Breaking: Courageous Councilman Fights for Major New Taxi Stands!

jlpic40305b Breaking: Courageous Councilman Fights for Major New Taxi Stands!
Liu loves taxis

The heavyweight champion of New York City real estate spamming, Council Member John Liu, has brightened our afternoon inbox with some atypically wonderful news.

With two council allies, he is intrepidly demanding that the city use some of the $141 million profits from its yellow cab medallion sale “to expand yellow taxicab service in communities outside of Manhattan’s central business district.”

But how will cab drivers be lured to Brooklyn and beyond? “The new legislation will require the Taxi and Limousine Commission to establish new taxi stands at major transportation hubs currently under-served by yellow taxicabs. The TLC can then examine the success of these stands over a three-year period and use that information to make citywide taxi service permanent.”

Finally, outer borough thirst for uncomfortable automotive service will be quenched. Fight on, Mr. Liu.

The press release, in all its glory, after the jump.

- Max Abelson

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ELECTED OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO EXPAND YELLOW TAXICAB
SERRVICE CITYWIDE
- Bill Will Create Taxi Stands at Outside of Manhattan -
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FLUSHING, NY – Council Member John Liu, Chair of the Transportation
Committee, joined by Council Members Leroy Comrie and David Weprin,
today called on the City to use a portion of the windfall profits the
City’s taxi medallion auction to expand yellow taxicab service in
communities outside of Manhattan’s central business district.

“The incredible profits from recent medallion sale shows that the taxi
industry is robust, and the City should use these profits to reinvest
in the industry, create more opportunities for growth, and make
citywide taxi service a reality,” Chairperson Liu said. “Taxi drivers
like to be in Manhattan because they can easily pick up passengers.
These new taxi stands will create strategic locations where passengers
and drivers come together. By matching supply with demand, the taxi
stands will be a win-win effort.”

Chairperson Liu will introduce legislation at this tomorrow’s Council
Meeting to require the City to create taxi stands at major
transportation hubs and that they should be financed by part of the
approximately $141 million in revenue from the most recent sale of 308
medallions. The City was projecting that it would raise approximately
$65 million from the total medallion sales. The total, however,
skyrocketed to over $141 million. Council Members began drafting the
legislation after the huge success of the medallion sale.

Council Member Leroy Comrie, Chairperson of the Consumer Affairs
Committee, stated: “This legislation is about fairness and equity in
our transportation network. We must transform a yellow taxicab system
that only serves people in Manhattan into one that benefits all New
Yorkers as well as the business community throughout the five
boroughs.”

Council Member David Weprin, Chairperson of the Finance Committee,
stated: “Taxis are an affordable means of transportation that provide
a great service to the people of New York City. I live in a district
where most people have never had access to yellow cabs. This bill will
help to correct that by increasing the availability of cabs for
commuters throughout the five boroughs.”

Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. stated: “The outer boroughs have
been neglected for too long and deserve the same yellow cab service
that residents of Manhattan take for granted.”

Council Member Gennaro, Chairperson of the Environmental Protection
Committee. “The recent sales of accessible and green medallions have
brought New York’s taxi fleet forward into a new era and we need to
continue that push forward with taxi stations.”

Since June 2003, a taxi stand has successfully operated in the
downtown Flushing transit hub, generating over 51,000 rides. The new
legislation will require the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to
establish new taxi stands at major transportation hubs currently
under-served by yellow taxicabs. The TLC can then examine the success
of these stands over a three-year period and use that information to
make citywide taxi service permanent.

Jean Barrett, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of
Trade stated: “At Flushing’s Main Street, we have proven that yellow
taxicab service exists in neighborhoods outside of Midtown Manhattan
and that taxi drivers are willing come here and help passengers
complete their journeys to other points in Queens and beyond. We have
learned what works and what doesn’t work, and based on this model of
success, we believe that dispatched yellow taxi stands can work at
other busy transit hubs outside of Manhattan.”

Local business leaders Peter Koo and Timothy Chuang, Directors of the
Flushing Business Improvement District (BID), as well as Jason
Rosensweig, the owner of Linden Taxi Company near Flushing, also came
out in support of the legislation.