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Tunnel Taxi

Via Neatorama:

New York City held a design contest for new taxi cabs and have winnowed the finalists down to three designs, none of which are very exciting, but could make the manufacturer of the eventual winner rather wealthy. However, the city reserves the right to reject all three and start the competition over. Enter Neatorama’s own Steven M. Johnson, who quickly supplied several ideas of his own.

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  1. Joe PeraltaJanuary 18, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Great for a pedestrian about to be creamed, but for bikers a gauntlet of doors – with that stupid pedestrian at the end. What a trap.

  2. Shiny FluJanuary 18, 2011 at 6:51 am

    That’s not a taxi, it’s a Darwinism vehicle.

  3. Pink RobeJanuary 18, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I like the Relaxi. Lifted from Friends, but whatever. The Tunnel Taxi is an instrument of death.

  4. NYC_cyclistJanuary 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

    IMO Ford Crown Victoria is the least of NYC taxi problems. The biggest one is the taxi driver. The fabled old-school, gray-haired, wise driver who knows the city like the palm of his hand is an extremely rare creature. Most of NYC cab drivers are semi-literate third world immigrants who drive like degenerates, and don’t even know the major destinations. This is a direct result of poor working conditions: low wages, and long hours required to pay off the ridiculous medallion price ($600k). Jobs like that attract mostly those who have few other opportunities to earn a living. Until the city modifies its taxi policy, the quality of service will be low, fancy new cabs or old gas-guzzlers.
    I can think of at least two measures that will improve NYC cabs: eliminating the middleman – the medallion owner, and introduction of London-like city knowledge exam.

  5. ElmoJanuary 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I’d rather try skitching a humvee in Baghdad with soap taped to my chest than go through that damn thing.

  6. Shelly MosseyJanuary 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    You tell em JoE! I wonder what kind of driving test is required of cab drivers,, obviously a much LOWER standard!

  7. Joe PeraltaJanuary 24, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Hey Shelly! Good to see you here. I wonder if you’ve been keeping track of the city-biking miles logged over the years. But maybe one shouldn’t mention it – NYS car insurance put me in “assigned risk” for never having an accident in decades – said I was statistically due to die multiple times. The web has ears!

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