|Taxi Service in New York City ||212-NYC-TAXI 212-692-8294||Bell Radio Taxi: 212-633-0535 ||Tenth Avenue Taxi: 212-564-5275|
New York City Taxis (also called “cabs”; short for “taxicab”) are yellow and may be hailed on the street or found at Taxi Stands at major hotels and transportation hubs. On the street, stick out your arm to signal a taxi. A taxi is available when its white rooftop number light is lit.
A Taxi Driver seeking passengers turns on the middle section (numbered part) only of the roof light. If the rooftop light has the words “Off Duty” the Taxi driver will not pick up passengers.
Taxis have meters. The total cost depends on the distance traveled and time spent in the cab. Taxi fares are $2.50 for the first 1/3 mile, then 40¢ each 1/5 of a mile thereafter, and 40¢ per 120 seconds when cab is not moving; a 50¢ night surcharge is in effect between 8pm and 6am; a $1 surcharge is in effect 4-8pm weekdays (not including holidays).
|Any bridge or tunnel tolls will be added to the total charge; drivers might ask that you pay the tolls as you go through them. Taxi drivers usually recieve 15% gratuity on top of the final metered fare. |
Direct the destination and route used
Travel to any destination in the five boroughs of the City of New York
A courteous English-speaking driver who knows the streets in Manhattan and the way to major destinations in other boroughs
A driver who knows and obeys all traffic laws
Air-conditioning on demand
A radio-free silent trip
Smoke and incense-free air
A clean passenger seat area
A clean trunk
A driver who uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger
Refuse to tip, if the above are not complied with
Try to hail a taxi in the direction you would like to travel; this saves time going around a block. Only yellow taxis are permitted by law to pick up without prearrangement; it is likely that you will be overcharged if you use a non-yellow medallion cab. Make sure the taxi driver turns on the meter. The driver will be able to print a receipt for the ride. The usual way of telling the driver where you want to go is by naming the cross street and the avenue. For example, “34th and 5th” means 34th Street and 5th Avenue. As you get closer to your destination, you can let the driver know the exact street address so s/he can figure out where on the block it is. Taxis have different prerecorded messages that the drivers play at the beginning and end of each ride. The messages instruct you to remember your belongings and take your receipt. If you take your receipt and you forget something in the cab, it is much easier to track your lost item.
All Taxi services are regulated by the Taxi and Limousine Commission at their 24-hour hotline 212-NYC-TAXI...212-692-8294.
TAXICAB RIDER'S BILL OF RIGHTS
As a taxi rider, you have the right to:
Did You Know Why NYC Cabs Are Yellow? John Hertz, who founded the Yellow Cab Company in 1907, chose yellow because he had read a study conducted by the University of Chicago that indicated it was the easiest color to spot.
|Driving Instructions |
Directions from Manhattan:
From The East Side...take FDR Drive North to Exit 18 (Willis Ave. Bridge). Cross bridge and follow signs for the Major Deegan Expressway/Interstate 87 North to Exit 4 (149th street) or Exit 5 (155th Street).
From The Wast Side...take Henry Hudson Parkway North to Exit 14 Cross Bronx Expressway /Interstate 95 North. Follow 1-95 North to Exit 1C (Major Deegan Expressway Exit) South to Exit 6 (161st Street).
Directions from Brooklyn and Queens:
Take the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway (Interstate 278) to the Grand Central Parkway west to the Triboro Bridge. Once over the bridge follow signs to the Major Deegan Expressway (Interstate 87) north and proceed to Exit 4 (149th Street) or Exit 5 (155th Street Exit).
Directions from Staten Island:
From the Verrazano Bridge...cross over the bridge and follow the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway (Interstate 278) to the Grand Central Parkway. Go West to the Triboro Bridge. Once over the bridge follow signs to the Major Deegan Expressway (Interstate 87) north and proceed to Exit 4 (149th Street) or Exit 5 (155th Street Exit).
From the Goethels Bridge...cross the Bridge and follow the New Jersey turnpike (Interstate 95) north to the George Washington Bridge. Cross bridge and take Exit 1C to the Major Deegan (Interstate 87) south to Exit 6 (161st Street Exit).
Directions from Long Island:
From the Throgs Neck or Whitestone Bridge...take either bridge to the Cross-Bronx Expressway (Interstate 95) South. Follow to Exit 1C the Major Deegan / Interstate 87 South Exit. Continue on the Major Deegan to Exit 6 (161st Street).
From the Cross Island Parkway...proceed North to the Grand Central Parkway West to the Triboro Bridge. Once over the bridge follow signs to the Major Deegan Expressway (Interstate 87) north and proceed to Exit 4 (149th Street) or Exit 5 (155th Street Exit).
Directions from New Jersey:
Take the George Washington Bridge...to the Cross-Bronx Expressway to the Major Deegan (Interstate 87) South, Exit 1C. Continue on the Major Deegan to Exit 6 (161st).
Take the George Washington Bridge...to the Cross Bronx Expressway to Exit 2, Jerome Avenue South.
Take the George Washington Bridge...to Harlem River Drive to the 155th Street exit. Cross the Macombs Dam Bridge and follow signs to the stadium.
Directions from Connecticut:
Take Interstate 95 South...to the Major Deegan Expressway (Interstate 87) South. Continue on the Major Deegan to Exit 6 (161st Street).
Take Interstate 95 South...to the Bruckner Expressway (Interstate 278) West. Follow the Bruckner Expressway to the Major Deegan (Interstate 87) North. Take Exit 4 (149th Street) or Exit 5 (155th Street).
Take the Merritt Parkway South...to Hutchinson River Parkway South. Follow to Cross County Parkway West to NY State Thruway (Interstate 87) South. Thruway becomes Major Deegan Expressway (Interstate 87 Still). Follow to exit 6 (161st Street).
|Yankee Stadium Parking |
Ongoing construction of the New Yankee Stadium may cause street and/or parking lot closures in the area around the current stadium.
Budget your time when planning your trip and be sure to consider using public transportation at these locations:
1. Jerome Ave. - East 164th St. & East 162nd St.
2. River Ave. - East 158th St. & East 157th St.*
3. East 157th St. - River Ave. & Gerard Ave.
4. River Ave. - East 157th St. & East 153rd St.*
5. River Ave. at 71 E. 153rd St.
6. East 153rd St. at River Ave.
7. Lots A/B - Exit 6 Ramp off Southbound I-87
8. River Ave. - East 164th St. & East 165th St. (Bus Lot)
9. East 149th St. and Exterior Ave.