From the NY Post:
More than 1,000 of the apple-colored outer borough cabs are up and running on the streets of New York — offering New Yorkers nearly 300,000 rides since the program launched in August.
“For too long, four and a half of our five boroughs didn’t have taxi service — and now they do,” Bloomberg said at a press conference in Williamsburg on Tuesday.
He added, “If there was ever a demand that showed itself when there was only a little bit of supply, it’s this.”
He then hopped a green cab and took it to a meeting in Midtown.
Taxi and Limousine Commission has so far issued 6,000 green cab licenses, the total available during the program’s first year. All 6,000 are expected to be out on the road by March, Bloomberg said.
In June 2014, 6,000 more licenses will become available.
Bloomberg may tout the figures as a transportation achievement — but mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is outspoken critic of the green taxis.
As public advocate, de Blasio worked with taxi organizations in a failed attempt to stop Bloomberg’s plan to allow the green cabs to answer hails in outer boroughs.
Last month, de Blasio said he wants to go “back to the drawing board” when it comes to a plan for the outer-borough cabs.
The program survived a court challenge and opposition from yellow taxi drivers, who claimed the green cabs will encroach on their turf.