Some of the new group taxi stands ‘simply haven’t worked,’ according to head of TLC.
Three new group-ride taxi stands in Manhattan have turned out to be lemons, the city’s taxi czar said yesterday.
Commuters willing to share the backseat with a stranger can get a discounted fare on southbound trips from E. 72nd, W.72nd and W. 57th Sts.
But such arrangements have been rare since the Taxi and Limousine Commission launched a pilot program in March, Chairman David Yassky said.
“They simply haven’t worked,” Yassky said. “The reality is they’re not functioning as group-ride stands.”
Yassky wasn’t sure why the pilot program hasn’t taken off from those locations. The cabs travel fixed routes to the Grand Central Terminal area. Passengers can get off anywhere along the way.
The concept is faring better at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Yassky said. The TLC established a group-ride stand there in June.
On average, there have been 20 shared rides from the terminal a day, Yassky said.
The pilot program was based on a successful, longstanding group-ride stand from York Ave. and 79th St. to Wall St.