New York City
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New York City 

Getting Around

Yellow Cabs 

New York City’s 13,000 cabs are recognizable by their distinct yellow color. Yellow cabs are found cruising in most parts of Manhattan, at airports, and are the only vehicles permitted to pick passengers flagged from the streets. Though available, yellow cabs are harder to find in the outer boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Making a phone call for a livery cab would be the next option.
Yellow cab near Penn Station, New York City

Yellow cab near Penn Station by Adam E. Moreira

The medallion numbers on the roof of the cab indicate its status. If the medallion number is unlit, then the cab is occupied and unavailable. If the medallion number is lit and the "off-duty" sign next to it is also lit, the cab is typically not available. However, some taxi drivers will stop if the off-duty sign is lit, usually if you are going in the same direction as the driver after his shift. If the medallion number is lit but the off-duty sign on the roof is not, then the cab is available for hire.
Yellow cab at night, New York City
Yellow cab at night by Caufield

The fares are $2.50 plus a $0.50 state tax to start and the rate is $0.40 for each 1/5 mile (320 meters) traveled. There is a night surcharge of $0.50 between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and a rush hour surcharge of $1 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Tolls are additional and the customary (optional) tip to the cab driver is 10-20% of the fare. All yellow cabs accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for payment.

Yellow cabs in Manhattan, New York City

Yellow cabs in Manhattan by Sterilgutassistentin


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