The Life of a New York City Taxi

       A recent issue of New York magazine listed some facts about the abuse that a taxi in New York has to withstand.  What prompted the article is that the Taxi & Limousine Commission will soon select a new model vehicle to replace the discontinued Crown Victoria, so they need to select one that will live up to the New York test.  Here are some of those facts:

  • The typical cab drives 175 miles each day
  • And it brakes 9,300 times a day
  • And its rear doors are opened and closed 90 times a day (that one really doesn’t sound like that much, does it?)
  • It has to navigate New York area roads, 53% of which are considered to be in poor condition (vs. the national average of 24%)
  • This condition is compounded (or perhaps even caused) by the fact that 200,000 permits are granted annually for contractors to rip up city pavement

       Let’s put it this way: they’ll handle more abuse than my Scion tC does, in spite of my long commute…

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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