Taxis - Yellow Cabs, Lime Green Cabs -
Yellow Taxis -
- Drivers and Vehicles are regulated by the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (T&LC).
- The License Plate (Tag) and the lighted roof top Taxi # MUST MATCH.
- These are "Medallion" Cabs. This only means to you that there is a Medallion or Badge affixed to the hood on the passenger side, up near the windshield wipers, and identifies an authentic registered Taxi. Laws have changed somewhat from original intent, causing a lot of problems with Car Services and Uber, Lyft etc.
- These vehicles are metered. The meter starts when you get in and runs by both mileage and time, so if you sit in traffic or the driver runs you around because he doesn't know where he is going, YOU ARE BEING CHARGED ALL THE WHILE !! Unfortunately, unlike some cities like London, almost anyone can be licensed to drive a taxi without any testing or geographical knowledge. If they don't use GPS, YOU better know where you are going and how to get there to avoid excessive charges.
- At the Airport there are Taxi Dispatchers who will quote you a "estimate" of what it should cost to get to your destination.
- Anywhere else, you waive at a cab and they shouldstop for you if on duty and not carrying a fare.
Lime Green Taxis -
- Basically same as yellow cabs except in Manhattan they are limited geographically to where they can go to help alleviate Manhattan traffic congestion.
Uber and Lyft-
In NY all Uber/Lyft drivers and cars MUST BE registered with the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Cars MUST have TC or T&LC license plates!
Car Services - T&LC or TC Cars -
- Identified sometimes by a name and Phone # on them, but ALL must have a License Plate (Tag) with the letters T&LC or just TC under the main numbers OR the main number MUST begin with a "T" and end with a "C". e.g. T234567C. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT for your safety as these cars are often unmarked.This tells you the Driver and the car are legit., registered with the T&LC and should be safe to enter.
- These cars are Dispatched from a Dispatcher of the company. They are NOT allowed to stop and pick you up roadside by waiving at them and they are not allowed to solicit you nor is the Driver allowed to quote you a price. Fares are determined by the Dispatcher. Many drivers illegally approach arriving passengers soliciting for a fare and usually will quote a higher price than normal in a rip-off scheme. Be AWARE! They are NOT metered!
- The fare is a flat rate (no meter). IF stuck in traffic, your fare should not change. - Car services often give discounts to airline crew when in uniform or if you show your company ID AND you have told the Dispatcher before you are picked up. The Driver IS NOT authorized to change the fare.
- Some are more reliable than others. We will provide you with a list and history of reliability.
Buses & Trains (Subways, "ELs" as in elevated RR) - the MTA -
- The MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority, also known by New Yorkers as "the Money Taking Authority") controls the buses and trains. You can transfer between subways and buses and train to train and bus to bus bus to train for free (there are rules and restrictions).
- You can buy discounted and multiple use fare cards useable on both at train stations AND certain designated retail stores around NYC. You must have the correct fare for buses, as the driver has no access to money, not so for the trains, as there are fare booths at train stations, but you have to know where the fare booths are located in train stations. Some Subways (implying underground) actually run on elevated tracks above ground.
- MTA buses are White with Blue Stripes. Airport Buses are Dark Blue.
- The LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) does not transfer to the subway/bus system and is a separate fare. You can change trains at certain stations between the two but another fare will be required either way.
- The network of buses and trains will get you almost anywhere you want to go within NYC within a short walk.
- The LIRR will get you from Penn Station in Central Manhattan to almost anywhere on LI all the way to Montauk Point.
The "Airtrain" - (Not to be confused with the MTA "A" Train)
- The Airtrain is a JFK only light rail train system. It circles JFK's terminals and the rental Car area.
- It has 2 extensions that leave the Airport proper and connect with the MTA bus and train system. There is a separate fare if you leave JFK on these extensions.
- Within JFK the Airtrain is currently free between terminals and the Rental Cars.
- There are plans to extend some rail system (???) into LGA, but none currently exists, only bus service.
Parking is a mixed situation. Some areas have no restrictions. Some areas are so congested it is impossible to find a parking space. If you have to pay to park you may find the parking charge as much as Apt. rent on a monthly basis and daily or part thereof may cost you dearly (Could be as much as $50 for a few hours!). However once you learn where these unrestricted free areas are, you can easily have a vehicle in NY and enjoy the freedom and convenience it provides and the time it may save you.
Transit - Taxis, Car Services, Busses. Trains & Parking