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Resolution for Medallion Taxi Experimental Group Ride Plan

WHEREAS, The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (the "TLC") wishes to increase: (1) the capacity and utilization of taxis during the morning rush hour; (2) the number of passenger taxi trips during the morning rush hour; (3) revenue for taxi drivers; and (4) taxi service where such service currently is scarce; and

WHEREAS, In order achieve the above goals, the TLC has proposed a Group Ride Plan, in which: (1) more than one passenger (typically 2-4) travels from a common origin to a common destination along a designated corridor; (2) passengers line up at TLC-approved taxi stands; (3) the same flat fare, at a discount to the standard fare, is charged to each passenger; and (4) group rides are limited to the morning rush hour (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.); and

WHEREAS, Group Ride locations have been selected based upon analysis of electronic trip sheet data for: (1) high volume of pickups; (2) locations of common drop-offs; and (3) average fare information, resulting in the start and end points proposed in the accompanying chart; and

WHEREAS, Signage will be posted at starting points describing service, including a code of conduct, a fare chart, hours of operation and contact information; and

WHEREAS, No dispatcher will be needed, any taxi may participate, and this Experimental Group Ride Plan is regarded by the TLC as a pilot program lasting only one year; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five supports the experimental Group Ride Plan proposed by the TLC, under the condition that the TLC conduct a thorough analysis of the impact of the Group Ride Plan on ridership on alternative modes of transportation (i.e., affected proximal bus and subway lines).

The above resolution passed with a vote of 37 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining, 1 present not entitled to vote.

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