It looks like public transportation will be a mess for a while, but the city is certainly working on other ways to help you get around: in addition to offering free (though limited) bus service starting this evening, Mayor Bloomberg has issued an executive order allowing taxi drivers to pick up multiple passengers even if there's someone already in the cab. "These measures will be in place as long as MTA service is out," Bloomberg said, which, as we've mentioned earlier, could take 4-5 days or more.

The emergency order also allows livery and black cabs to stop for passengers anywhere in the city and drive them to their destinations. If you recall, Bloomberg issued a similar cab share order during the MTA transit strike in 2005, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission tried to implement a cab-share program in 2009. Even better news: all that taxi-sharing will probably help mitigate that recent cab fare increase.