Rudin Center for Transportation Presents "The Five Borough Taxi Plan: A Discussion with NYC Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky"

Announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2011, the Five Borough Taxi Plan is a Taxi and Limousine Commission approved bill that will issue 18,000 permits to livery cabs, which will allow them to pick up street hails in: Brooklyn, Queens (airports are not included), the Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan above East 96th Street and above West 110th Street.

The new permit holding vehicles will be equipped with special markings for easy identification, a roof light, a meter, a credit card reader, and GPS tracking. In addition, the plan will require a specific percentage of the permits to be issued to wheelchair accessible vehicles. The bill also allows for the Taxi and Limousine Commission to sell 2,000 additional taxicab medallions.

Join us for a conversation with Commissioner Yassky about these and other aspects of the new Five Borough Taxi Plan.

David Yassky is the eleventh person to serve as Commissioner/Chairman of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. Previously, Commissioner Yassky completed eight years of service in the New York City Council, representing the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint and Williamsburg. On the Council, he sponsored legislation to promote the use of fuel-efficient hybrid cars as taxicabs and authored innovative laws in the areas of affordable housing and economic development.