Ok, could this taxi strike be any more over hyped? I mean are you kidding? 7,000 cabbies at MOST will be out of service. That means the remaining 37,000 cabbies will be out on the streets picking up the scraps.
So I’d fully expect to see absolutely no change in your day. At worst, it’s going to be about as hard to get a cab as it would be on a rainy day. A little harder, but not insane.
Just in case, the city’s OEM has released a plan (read here). Here’s a snippet:
The MTA will be providing additional service on the M60 and Q33 bus routes to/from LGA. The M60 transports riders between LGA and Manhattan, running along 125th Street and making connections with the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, B, C, and D subway lines, as well as Metro-North Railroad. The Q33 connects LGA with the 74th St. – Broadway Station in Jackson Heights, Queens, where connections to the 7, E, F, R, V, and G subway lines is available. Travelers at JFK can use the AirTrain to connect to the A train at the Howard Beach station, or the E, J, and Z trains at the Sutphin Boulevard station.
So, all they have to do is put a few extra buses in service, and we’re in business.
Honestly, the only people I could see being put out by this whole thing are the tourists coming out of Grand Central, Penn Station, or the airports. Everyone else will figure it out.
We might see a little extra volume on the subways, but I’m not worrying about it.
This whole issue is such a crock in the first place. The cabbies AGREED to the GPS systems when the city agreed to the last TWO fare hikes! It was part of the f*cking deal. Now, it’s time to shut up, and hold up their end of the deal. Why are 37,000 other cabbies not kicking up a fuss? Because they know what they agreed to in the negotiations.