From the Times Newsweekly:
City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley announced that she was working with COMET to host a news conference to press the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to take action against commuter van operators who are illegally picking up passengers through the streets of Maspeth and Woodside.
The legislator said her office is organizing a press conference scheduled for later this month to bring attention to the problem; as previously reported, COMET has been petitioning the TLC and the city Department of Transportation to take enforcement action against the owners of commuter vans observed conducting business in the area.
“We will act to prove that the vans are breaking the law,” Crowley said.
Daraio noted that the commuter vans are permitted to service the Board 4 area (which includes Elmhurst) to supplement bus and train service. The vans, however, are not permitted to pick up or drop off passengers in the confines of Boards 2 and 5.
The civic president added that some operators have been observed refusing to pick up certain passengers in the community based on their ethnicity.
Since the Times Newsweekly neglected to mention who is operating the illegal pick up services and who is being discriminated against, I'll tell you.
These are Asian car services and they only pick up other Asians. Many of them only have Chinese writing on them.
Why were these services sanctioned in CB4 when that district has some of the best public transportation in the borough? Also why were there no hearings about it?