Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you – those apple green taxis you will soon be seeing on the street are real, says WNYC.
According to the article, the color was chosen for the new boro taxis, livery cabs with medallions that will allow them to pick up street hails in the outer boroughs, as well as above 96th Street in Manhattan.
On the new borough taxi color, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told WNYC, “It’s easy on the eyes and easy to pick out from a distance in traffic and that's going to help customers.”
Starting May 29, the city will sell to livery cab owners for the right to pick up street hails.
But yellow cab owners are furious at the new plan, after most have shelled out big bucks for their medallions, which has given them the exclusive right to legally pick up street hails.
The president of the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, which represents yellow cabs, called the plan “unconstitutional, irresponsible and unconscionable.”