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NYC puts brakes on taxi expansion plan

May 16, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is putting the brakes on the growth of taxi service for the boroughs outside of Manhattan.

The green, outer borough taxis debuted a year ago. More than 5,000 now patrol parts of the city that frequently were not well served by the traditional yellow cabs.

The city had been authorized to issue another 6,000 green cab permits next month.

But the de Blasio administration is delaying the expansion. It says the issue needs further study.

The mayor's office denies claims that he feels beholden to the yellow taxi industry.

Yellow cab companies gave de Blasio significant campaign contributions. The companies feel threatened by the outer borough expansion.



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