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How a System for Shared Taxi Rides Could Transform New York City

A totally optimized taxi network would produce 40 percent fewer trips.
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MIT Senseable City Lab

In 2011, there were more than 150 million taxi trips taken in New York City that began or ended in Manhattan, traveling inside 13,586 registered cabs. Taxis ferried passengers from Grand Central Station to near Union Square some 73,000 times, and from Union Square to Grand Central Station 94,000 more. New Yorkers on the Upper West Side took thousands of seemingly walkable, short taxi rides just a few blocks up Broadway. Elsewhere, 584 trips — that's more than one a day — ran from the New York Stock Exchange to what looks an awful lot like the doorstep of Per Se.

Taken in the aggregate, all of these numbers raise an important question.