NYC News

Taxi TV May Finally Go Dark

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nymag.com – Eric Levitz

In one more example of Mayor de Blasio chiseling away at the margins of Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy, those annoying TV screens installed in the back of cabs in 2008 proffering Jimmy Kimmel clips and chirpy loops of Eyewitness News will likely be removed, the Taxi and Limousine Commission said Monday night.

The TVs were installed in all 13,587 yellow cabs as part of something called the Taxicab Passenger Enhancement Project. Bloomberg agreed to a 26 percent fare hike in exchange for each taxi agreeing to accept credit cards (this is why you swipe your card under the screen). Commercials and mind-numbing clips from NBC, ABC, and a city-government station are force-fed to 600,000 trapped passengers a day.

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