NEW YORK CITY

NYC Tips: Hailing a Cab…

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Unlike most cities, in NYC, you cannot pre-arrange or schedule for a yellow cab to pick you up (this requires a black car or livery service-used more frequently in the outer boroughs). So to avoid chasing down an unavailable cab in the rain or getting frustrated by repeated cabs passing you by no matter how frantically you may be trying to wave them down, remember these essential tips for getting a ride:

1. When just the center medallion number is lit and nothing else, the cab is available. Look for this and put your arm out to signal the driver and you should be on your way…

2. When the center medallion number AND the side “Off Duty” lights are lit, the cab is off duty. On rare occasions, the off-duty driver may notice you and take you as a final fare so long as you are going in their direction…

3. When all the lights are off (medallion number and side lights) the cab is on duty, but currently has a fare. Outside of the occasional (and designated) share cab test routes or even less infrequent transit strikes, drivers will not pick up multiple fares at one time, so your best bet is to hope the current passengers are getting out or else, move on…

Once you have hailed your cab, in order to guarantee a smooth ride, keep in mind that legally cabs can only carry 4 passengers at a time and if you want to make multiple stops, let the driver know you intend to do so at the outset.