Yellow cabs now outnumbered by Uber cars on NYC streets

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's storied yellow cabs are taking a back seat to black cars.

Uber cars, often black sedans that can be summoned with smartphone apps, now outnumber the yellow taxis that city riders have hailed with a whistle and a wave for generations.

It was a changing-of-the-guard moment that passed with little fanfare this week in figures released by the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission: 14,088 registered Uber cars compared with 13,587 yellow cabs.

But it hardly means yellow cabs are out of favor. There are still more than 10 times as many rides in yellow cabs as there are in Uber cars.

That's because most Uber drivers work less than 40 hours a week while most yellow cabs are on the road nearly 24 hours a day.