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    Hunt Valley Motor Coach Tours

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 14, 2013

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    This was a great way to get to New York. We drove to a secure park and ride and had to be there 6:00 am sharp. We just sat back, relaxed and let them worry about the traffic, toll bridges, and parking. From there, they took us to Broadway in New York City where we were on our own to shop, sight see or whatever we wanted to do. Just had to be back there at 6:00 pm sharp to get back. We even got a movie on the way back. The coach bus was comfortable and clean. Enjoyed the trip a lot. The coach driver was pretty cool too!

    P.O. Box 507 Hunt Valley, MD 21030

    They offer wheel chair accessible tours and trips. Please Contact them directly at 1-800-888-1228 to make arrangements.

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    Taxi

    by Gili_S Updated Nov 11, 2012

    Taxi was the most convenience means of transportation for me here, with the Dollar low compare to my Euro, with gas price in US as half then Europe taking a taxi was simple and worth the cost as long as it is short trip downtown Manhattan. Also from and to the airport I used taxi, they agree with you for a flat rate of 50$ plus the tip which was also convenience.

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    TAXI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    by GrantBoone Written Nov 20, 2010

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    On our first trip to NYC , when I was just a boy !! we basically took taxi cabs everywhere because I was too scared to walk arund Manhatten! You will never be waiting longer for a cab in New York , they are EVERYWHERE
    !! . Most drivers will also give you plenty of info to help you make the most of your holiday

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    How to Ride New York's Notorious Taxis

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 30, 2010

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    A cab’s availability is indicated by the lights on the top of the car. When just the center light showing the medallion number is lit, the cab is empty and available. When no lights are lit, the cab is occupied by passengers. The act of flagging down a cab is called "hailing"; there's not much to it, just stick out your arm and pretend you're the Statue of Libery. Yellow Medallion cabs are the only ones authorized to pick up hails. Avoid "gypsy" cabs at all costs. These are regular cars that will take you from place to place; they usually cost more than cabs and aren't as well regulated (or as safe).

    Taxis have meters. The total cost depends on the distance traveled and time spent in the cab. Taxi fares are $2.50 for the first 1/3 mile, then 40¢ each 1/5 of a mile thereafter, and 40¢ per 60 seconds when cab is not moving; a 50¢ night surcharge is in effect between 8pm and 6am; a $1 surcharge is in effect 4-8 pm weekdays (not including holidays). Any bridge or tunnel tolls will be added to the total charge; drivers might ask that you pay the tolls as you go through them. Taxi drivers are usually given a 15% gratuity on top of the final metered fare.

    Taxi cabs are required to take you to your destination inside the metropolitan area. Record the ID number from any cabs that you have problems with and report them to the Taxi and Officially, taxicabs can take on only four riders -- 3 in the backseat, 1 in the front seat. Occasionally, the wider cabs will be willing to take 5 people, but they will usually ask the fifth person to duck down below the sight of the authorities.

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    The Ubiquitous NY Yellowcab Taxis!

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 30, 2010

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    the Ubiquitous and World Famous Ney York Taxicabs are operated by private companies and licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. "Medallion taxis", the familiar yellow cabs, are the only vehicles in the city permitted to pick up passengers in response to a street hail. A cab’s availability is indicated by the lights on the top of the car. When just the center light showing the medallion number is lit, the cab is empty and available. When no lights are lit, the cab is occupied by passengers.

    Taxis have meters. The total cost depends on the distance traveled and time spent in the cab. Taxi fares are $2.50 for the first 1/3 mile, then 40¢ each 1/5 of a mile thereafter, and 40¢ per 60 seconds when cab is not moving; a 50¢ night surcharge is in effect between 8pm and 6am; a $1 surcharge is in effect 4-8 pm weekdays (not including holidays). Any bridge or tunnel tolls will be added to the total charge; drivers might ask that you pay the tolls as you go through them. Taxi drivers are usually given a 15% gratuity on top of the final metered fare.

    The act of flagging down a cab is called "hailing"; there's not much to it, just stick out your arm and pretend you're the Statue of Libery. Yellow Medallion cabs are the only ones authorized to pick up hails. Avoid "gypsy" cabs at all costs. These are regular cars that will take you from place to place; they usually cost more than cabs and aren't as well regulated (or as safe).

    Taxi cabs are required to take you to your destination inside the metropolitan area. Record the ID number from any cabs that you have problems with and report them to the Taxi and Officially, taxicabs can take on only four riders -- 3 in the backseat, 1 in the front seat. Occasionally, the wider cabs will be willing to take 5 people, but they will usually ask the fifth person to duck down below the sight of the authorities. The famous large "Checker" cabs are pretty much a relic of the past, although you can still see some servicing the town at limousine service rates.

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    NYC Taxi Cabs, THE way to move around

    by 850prc Updated May 1, 2010

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    Cabs prowl the Times Square night.  (7th @ 46th)
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    The ubiquitous NYC taxi cab is a huge part of the Big Apple landscape. And, used judiciously, they'll help you get around in town without busting your wallet up. And by judicious use, I mean that you use taxis only for medium distance trips. If you need to go 12-20 blocks and don't have time to walk, hail a cab. For long trips, try to stick with the subway.

    And...WALK. It's a great city and I'd suggest walking wherever possible.

    To hail a cab, just look for an empty and throw up your hand.

    The cost, at regular weekday times, is something like $2.50 hail fee, and then 40 cents a quarter mile or 40 cents a minute stuck in traffic. So, for most short trips, you're talking $5-10, including a tip. Surcharges exist for late nights and early mornings.

    As for airport traffic, the fare is "set" between Manhattan and JFK. The charge is $45 plus any applicable tolls. ($5, for example if your driver uses the tunnel from Queens into Manhattan). For trips from LaGuardia, the meter is what you pay... it should be comparable to the JFK charge, although in off hours, you might save a few bucks.

    To travel between JFK and LaGuardia, it's approx $30. To travel between the Newark (NJ) airport and JFK, the cost is approx $95. Between the various terminals at JFK, the short cab ride will cost you $4 - $10.

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    Taxis from and to the airport

    by Jefie Written Apr 22, 2010

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    Taxis are pretty expensive in Canada so we tend to avoid them as much as possible. However, we quickly found out that if you don't feel like hauling your suitcase on-board a packed bus or subway, taxis are the way to go in New York City! Going from La Guardia to our hotel located in Lower Manhattan, there was a $30 flat rate, which means you don't have to worry about the price going up even when you're stuck in traffic. There was no flat rate on the way back, but it only came to $40 for a 30 minute taxi ride, and that included the tip and the little extra we had to pay for the toll bridge (the driver gave us the option between the less crowded toll bridge or the slower free bridge). Our driver was very courteous and it didn't take long for us to realize why there was such an impressive quantity of taxis in NYC - they truly are a convenient way to get around!

    New York City taxis are regulated by the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). If you need taxi, just stand at a busy street corner and flag one down!

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    taxis from the airport

    by nomadNY Written Apr 13, 2010

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    definitely take a cab! dont transfer to LGA. that would take forever.

    in nyc we tip cabbies, waiters at service restuarants & other people in service to you. i think 15-20% is expected based on the quality of service and your ability to give.

    enjoy NYC!

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  • Take a Cab

    by peach93 Updated Feb 22, 2010

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    If you are traveling in a group of more than two people and don't plan on going very far, it may be cheaper and more convenient to take a taxi as opposed to the subway. Subway fare in New York is more than $2 per person per one-way ride, so you'll have to do the math. Taxis in New York are plentiful and easy to hire. Their fares are also pretty reasonable in spite of what many people might think. Taxis in the city are also strictly regulated as far as the fares they are allowed to charge and driver conduct, making them a safe choice.

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    Yellow taxis

    by miniman2804 Updated Oct 11, 2009

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    A useful fallback when you've had enough of walking. The taxis are ubiquitous, and in fact outnumber other road traffic. The prices are less than in the UK.

    You must hail them from the correct side of the road, as they will not do a U turn to pick you up.

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  • Train vs. Cab

    by josepht Written Oct 20, 2008

    The only reason I did not opt for the train is because of time. In Sunday afternoon traffic, how long would the cab ride be? If travel time is roughly the same or if a cab just isn't economical, then the train will be fine.

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    Taxi!

    by BeatChick Updated Oct 18, 2008

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    Even the cabbies were totally awesome. None of them tried to rip us off and they were just as eager to get us to our destination as we were. Riding in a cab in NYC is quite an experience. I've read that white lines are just "lane suggestions" and I saw that first hand!

    Took cabs 4 times when our legs gave out and it didn't seem the subway system wanted to go cross-town for us.

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    Cabs.

    by a5floor Written Sep 14, 2008
    Cabs.

    In NYC you should take a cab at least once in your lifetime. Besides it is easy to get from point A to point B, it is a hell of a ride. Those cab drivers are moving from left to right and back like a maniac!

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    New York cabbies

    by Jenniflower Written Aug 25, 2008

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    When we left Pen Station, we stood by Madison Square Gardens for about 45 minutes in a long queue with New Year’s Eve revelers, waiting for a cab. We were excited to be catching a cab… much like the first time we caught a black taxi in London!

    We jumped in and told the driver where we were going, and he (frustratingly) started to drive off and then chose to tell us that he couldn’t get us anywhere near our hotel that night as it was all blocked off due to the celebrations at Times Square… and he chose to tell us this after driving us for a block… so charged us $4 and then gave us no change from our $5!

    So an extremely short and expensive wasted journey.

    We had to source our own way to the hotel in a city we didn’t know and had just arrived in.

    We did catch a cab another day, to the American Museum of Natural History.

    We had tried to go to the Intrepid first, but it was closed unfortunately, so we asked the cabbie to take us to the museum instead.

    This cabbie, unlike the first cabbie we had, was chatty and friendly.... the cars are safe and it is a good way - albeit expensive - to get around.

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    the famous yellow taxis and water taxis!

    by mindcrime Written Jul 24, 2008

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    We didn’t use any taxi at all but they were everywhere, so if you need one just raise your hand and don’t forget to tip at the end of the ride.

    The water taxis are something new in NY(since 2001). They have the same yellow color like the regular taxis and I saw many of them from the Cirlce Line Ferry. Some of them took people at pier 83 where the circle line starts but I’m not sure at what other piers they stop.

    I also saw a lot of 3 wheel bicycles (pic 3) that work like a taxi for small rides, especially around Central Park.

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