Taxi Hails Plummet On Upper East Side After 2nd Ave Subway Opens


From the Upper East Side Patch

Historically, taxi ridership on the Upper East Side is much higher than the citywide average, especially among commuters.

The arrival of the Second Avenue Subway has been a blessing for Upper East Siders, but a nightmare for cab drivers. A new study from the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation shows taxi pickups and drop-offs have plummeted in the neighborhood since it opened in January.

Some sections of the Upper East Side saw nearly a 20 percent drop in the number of taxi pickups in January 2017 compared to January 2016, according to NYU researcher Sarah M Kaufman. Traditionally the Upper East Side was a rich market for cabs.

With the “unique combination of higher median incomes and inadequate subway service,” the neighborhood’s commuters had a high reliance on taxis, Kaufman told Patch. In the eastern part of Lenox Hill, 9 percent of residents said they commuted to work by taxi in a 2015 American Community Survey. The same survey showed that in the eastern part of Yorkville, which used to boast the furthest walking distance from a subway line in Manhattan, 7.3 percent of residents commuted by taxi. Those numbers were much higher than the Manhattan average of 2.9 percent.

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