Thanks to Legal Tangles, You’ll See ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Tweets Before You See the Actual Cabs

“The Wait Is Over,” a sponsored Gothamist post about Nissan taxicabs trumpeted yesterday: “NYC’s New Cabs Have USB Chargers, Passenger Climate Control, Panoramic Glass Roofs.”

High tech cabs with phone chargers and a view? Sounds great to us. But after we got to the bottom of the post promoting Nissan’s #HailYes campaign, we wondered: where are these wondrous vehicles?

Well, only about 12 of the city’s 13,237 cabs are Nissan NV200s. But Nissan’s still pushing a giant #HailYes social media campaign.
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John Liu Moves to Block ‘The Cathie Black of Taxis’ [Update]

taxi John Liu Moves to Block The Cathie Black of Taxis [Update]
(photo: taxioftomorrow.com)

Comptroller John Liu has vowed to reject New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” contract unless all of the taxis are made handicapped accessible, he announced today. One of the chief powers of the Comptroller’s Office is making recommendations regarding city contracts and his move could, well, handicap the Bloomberg administration’s efforts to move forward with the new taxi design.

“With the Taxi of Tomorrow, Mayor Bloomberg had the opportunity to transform the way New Yorkers get around the city whether they’re on two feet or four wheels,” Assemblyman Micah Kellner, a prominent disability rights advocate, declared in Mr. Liu’s statement. “Sadly, his choice for the Taxi of Tomorrow – the Nissan NV-200 – will be remembered as the Cathie Black of taxis. The Mayor should scrap his contract with Nissan and commit to making every taxi accessible topeople with disabilities.”

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