New York City's New Boro Taxis Are Green -- Apple Green, That Is

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Sam Levin
The new "apple green" Boro Taxi, unveiled at City Hall this morning.
It's not lime green, not key lime pie green, not sea-foam green, nor is it chartreuse. Nope. The city's new taxi for upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs, unveiled this morning, is apple green.

The mayor's office emphasized this specific shade of green at a press conference at City Hall this morning by having a basket of green apples on site and one prop apple at the podium that speakers could hold on to and toss in the air if they wanted, to emphasize that this new taxi is in fact "apple" green -- a topic of much debate among reporters in attendance.

In front of the steps of City Hall, the mayor's office took the cover off a model of the new taxi, which looks a lot like the yellow taxis, only it's (apple) green.

The new green vehicles, however, will serve a different purpose than the iconic yellow taxis of New York City.

Called Boro Taxis, these rides will function as taxi service for the seven million New Yorkers who live outside Manhattan's Central Business District, i.e. upper Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. For the first time, city will license 18,000 livery vehicles to legally pick up street hail passengers in the rest of the city. The announcement today comes after the Taxi and Limousine Commission officially approved regulations last week, authorizing state legislation proposed by Bloomberg and signed into law in February.

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Photographers and camera crews take a peek inside the taxi.

This proposal has faced a number of obstacles, ranging from concerns of wheelchair access to opposition from yellow cab owners, who say the new cabs will hurt their business and their medallions' value.

But the mayor was all smiles this morning standing in front of the new vehicle after photographers and camera crews took a peek at the interior (it's not green inside).

"It's good to be here in the Big Apple, or the green apple," Bloomberg said, announcing the new cab. "They'll be apple green -- that's the official name of this color...We think apple green is attractive and distinctive. It is easy on the eyes and easy to pick out...in traffic."

These vehicles are for "the parts of the city today where you cannot get a cab," he said.

The first wave of 6,000 green taxis, which have the same standardized fares as yellow taxicabs, will hit the road in June. Permits will cost applicants $1,500 each and will be valid for three years. When asked whether the green taxis can pick up passengers in the areas of Manhattan already covered by yellow taxis, Taxi and Limousine Commission Chairman David Yassky said that those drivers would be fined for doing so and eventually could have their licenses revoked if they do it enough times.

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg, in more causal Sunday attire, announcing the new taxi.

Apparently not satisfied with the mayor's explanation of the color choice during his remarks, a reporter asked Bloomberg in the Q&A portion of the conference if the mayor could talk a bit more about why the city chose apple green.

"We went out to try to find something that would be recognizable...that would be distinguishable from the yellow cabs, and that would be pleasing to the eye and fit in with the city. The big apple has long since [been a symbol] of New York," he said, adding, "And green apples taste great."

Ohhh.

[SamTLevin / @SamTLevin]

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Mahmoudroqaibat
Mahmoudroqaibat

green car is nice idea , and is easy to see taxi in the street , but we need to know if green taxi can pik up from JFK , thank u

PickAnotherID
PickAnotherID

If the green cabs can't pick up fares in the yellow cab fare areas, how are the people who took them in to work from the boros supposed to get home again when they get off???

JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com
JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com

Typical King Michael thinking...Try being in this and getting hit by some big SUV or SemiTruck...so this is "green?"  really? well what about real world safety of the passingers?Notice how that's not being mentioned. Have the trucks gotten smaller? Have the roaddangers gotten any less. No? then why is King Michael and the greenies trying to tell youto get into smaller and smaller vehicles? Don't kid yourself folks-when this thing gets hit,there will be another key color involved. Very sadly, a very red interior

LindenMaaco
LindenMaaco

Hi NYC HAS INTRODUCED THERE NEW GREEN CAR IN JULY HERE AT MAACO IN LINDEN NJ, WE ARE INTRODUCING A PROGRAM FOR ALL LIVERY COMPANYS.WE WILL PAINT 5 CARS AT REG PRICE PAINT LEVEL OF YOUR CHOICE, SINCE WE HAVE 6 LEVELS TO CHOOSE FROM THE 6TH CAR WE WILL PAINT FREEALL MUST BE AT SAME LEVEL OR HIGHER.

Newera217
Newera217

Take a yellow cab dick. Just because you went to work in one doesn't mean you have to take one back

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