Why is it so hard to catch a cab sometimes?

Catching a cab between 4 and 7 p.m. in Manhattan can be tough because this is when cab driver shifts change, and it is rush hour.  Also, forget about trying to catch a cab in the rain.  If you think it’s going to rain and you’re inclined to take a cab if it does, just hail the cab before it rains.  By the time it rains, you’ll be S.O.L., baby.

Some other things you need to know about cabs in NYC besides the obvious things you can google (tipping, how to hail, what the lights on top mean, etc.) are:

  • Don’t take a cab (or a bus) on 6th Avenue between Houston and 59th Street, at any time between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on a weekday, if you are at all interested in getting to your destination in a timely manner.  Take the subway.  It will be faster and cheaper.
  • Refuse to pay the $1 surcharge that is added to your fare on weekdays between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. if you see it on the meter and it is before 4:00.  Just tell the driver the minute you get in and he/she starts the meter, so there is no misunderstanding at the end of the trip.

One Response to Why is it so hard to catch a cab sometimes?

  1. tonymariani says:

    Good advice. NYC cabbies foor the most part do a great job. Still, they do give me a heart attack during rush hour traffic.

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