Manhattan Borough President calls for implementation of five-borough taxi plan
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer called on plaintiffs to withdraw a lawsuit blocking the City’s plan to bring street-hail taxi service to all five boroughs. Borough President Stringer visited with members of the livery cab industry at El Barrio Car Service at East 116th Street this past Thurs., Jun. 14th.
“This lawsuit is against the best interests of the City of New York and its people,” he said. “It runs counter to worthy policy goals of equity and access and could do substantial collateral damage to City services.”
The Borough President’s announcement comes as a pending state lawsuit asks the courts to upend the five borough taxi plan, which was passed after months of debate by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor.
The plan would legalize and regulate street hail service by livery cars to provide critical transportation service to residents of Northern Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. It would authorize the City to issue 2,000 new yellow taxi medallions, generating $1 billion in much-needed revenue.