Taxi Stand Idea

10/31/2007:

Taxi BS

I was just thinking about the ludicrous selections that the cabbies make at the “one fare per cab” taxi stand in downtown Hoboken.

You know how they ask you “where are you going?”, and you might say “5th and Adams”, but the last person that got in was going to 14th & Hudson, and they won’t take you? They like to keep the fares in similar areas (which is understandable if you want to be efficient). But that pisses customers off, doesn’t it? Especially since by law, they’re not supposed to do that.

However, here’s an idea I suggest all taxi customers start implementing in the meantime to see how it affects taxi stand behavior:

Change your destination mid-ride
Pay careful attention to what the previous person said. For example, if the last person that got into the cab said “14th & Hudson” (but you really want to go to 5th & Adams), just make up an address that’s nearby. For example, you’d say “13th & Bloom”. He’ll let you in the cab. Then when you’re a few blocks from the PATH, remind the driver you meant to say 5th & Adams. He cannot “kick you out” of the cab. That is illegal. He’ll probably drop you off first. Or worst case scenario, he’ll drop you off last. But that won’t be much of a big deal if it’s 10 degrees outside and you’re freezing cold.

If the city doesn’t enforce the “one fare per cab” rule, and the selective fare acceptance pisses you off, then follow my suggestions. Uptown customers might have a longer ride if they try to bum-rush a downtown cab.

Either way, no customer should be refused based on their destination. So if you hate getting dissed by a cab, then play them back they way they’ve played you for countless years.

Hoboken Taxi

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68 Comments on "Taxi Stand Idea"

Furey
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I got off the PATH last night and counted the number of waiting taxis. There were 17 taxis waiting for passengers, wrapped around the two corners from the taxi stand. I was surprised.

resident337
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resident337

[quote comment=”51297″]but the yellow cabs could be for hoboken only…just like a Washington St trolly car for anyone that wants to go up or down Washington…would be awsome.[/quote]

yes, it could be a good idea. I just don’t really see how it would be fair to all patrons who need cabs. If we really want efficient, environment-friendly, money saving transportation that services only Hoboken destinations, wouldn’t a Hoboken shuttle make more sense? It could take more people at one time and service all of Hoboken (not just Washington Street or particular apartment complexes) and would reduce the number of cabs on the street.

strand tramp
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strand tramp

but the yellow cabs could be for hoboken only…just like a Washington St trolly car for anyone that wants to go up or down Washington…would be awsome.

resident337
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resident337

[quote comment=”51287″]oh, and the link i provided shows that the electric PT Cruiser goes 80mph so it could go to the airport no problem. i suggested slower speed to make our streets safer.[/quote]

I believe if you go back and read my original comments on the electric cabs, I was all for the idea. I simply questioned whether or not the 25 mph governor was a good idea. I used a trip to the airport as an example of why it wouldn’t work and that’s when you began mocking my perfectly legitimate statement. I am in favor of green living and safety for drivers, passengers and pedestrians. I think there is a flaw in your thinking about the taxi stand, that’s all. It is not just for transportation within Hoboken bottom line.

strand tramp
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strand tramp

oh, and the link i provided shows that the electric PT Cruiser goes 80mph so it could go to the airport no problem. i suggested slower speed to make our streets safer.

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