Unlike the manic, Brangelina-esque unveiling of the Taxi of Tomorrow earlier this month, today's debut of, uh, Our Lady of Livery, was decidedly more low-key. “Apple Green is very fitting for the new Boro Taxis,” TLC Commissioner David Yassky says in a release. “It’s pleasing to the eye, easy to see from a distance and blends well with the urban landscape." Presumably that "urban landscape" includes the puke-splattered sidewalks of Bedford Ave on a Sunday morning. Need a morning eye-opener but gave up caffeine? Hail a Boro Taxi!
A total of 18,000 new Boro Taxi permits will be available, starting with an initial release of 6,000 in June, that will only be issued to licensed livery drivers. The new cabs will feature lights on the roof, credit card machines, and taximeters—all the amenities that currently make yellow cabs the preferred choice for most New Yorkers.
The new cabs will also curb the some 100,000 illegal hails that happen every day by making it legal for the drivers to pick up street fares in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan north of East 96h and West of 110th. Just don't stare at them too long.