Early Morning (7 AM TO 9 AM): Most of the customers are workers heading toward midtown and
Downtown, therefore taxicabs tends to pick up on the surrounding neighborhoods and drop off on Midtown and
lower Manhattan. On this period Midtown is the easy spot to find a cab, while neighborhoods like Upper West side and
Upper East side are most hard area to find one. East Village and West Village are less affected.
TIPS for a better Commute:
Upper West Side and Upper East Side: More chance to find empty taxis heading north, Avenues like Amsterdam, Central Park West, Madison, Park Ave, 3rd Ave are good spots to find a cab.
Other good locations: Schools after Drop off, Gas stations
On the Evening (4 PM To 6 PM):Off Duty Taxis: These cabs are likely going back to Garages for shift switch.
Taxi drivers do face a stiff fines for been late on return time. These cabs might pick up a passenger
if going the same direction as the taxi driver. Taxi driver must close his windows and lock
his doors for protection.
How to deal with an off duty cab:
The passenger should look at this positively, It is a win win situation between the driver and the passenger,
the driver can add up a few dollars while heading home, On the other hand, the passenger do get a ride where no cabs out there.
It is recommended for the passenger to be cooperative with the driver and not to feel offended for refusal to pick up.
The driver usually asks the passenger destination before unlocking the doors.