Summer is in the air with warm weather, unusually high traffic volumes and verified reports of a huge demand for yellow taxis and all modes of transportation, as the spread of COVID19 dwindles. As far as subway ridership increases, there was an unusually high number of fare beaters reported by the MTA between January and March 2021. One in eight riders did not make any kind fare payment, which is in line with statistics from 2020, where between 12% and 14% of all riders avoided paying any fares.

With the pandemic winding down, taxi drivers are reporting extremely busy rush hours in all boroughs once again. Traditionally, 85% of all airport travelers arriving at New York airports took yellow cabs home, but there is currently a shortage of taxi drivers – so much so that the Port Authority has been sending texts to arriving passengers when there aren’t enough yellow taxis, advising them to look for other means of transportation.

Between that and the horrific weekly subway news stories, the yellow taxi industry in New York City is witnessing a surge in fares unseen in many years. Some believe NOW is a smart time to purchase a medallion, with prices down well under the $1 million high and the upsurge in business.

Warm weather means more folks will be going out for dinner and drinks. Just a reminder that you could do a year in jail with a minimum one-year revocation of your license and a $2,500 fine if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .18 or above for a first offender. A .08 BAC gets you one year in jail, $1,000 fine and a six-month revocation for first offenders. Just one drink may bring your BAC to .05% and that comes with a 90-day license suspension, 15 days in jail and a $500 fine.

In other words: DON’T DRINK and DRIVE! Stay hydrated, stay sober, stay safe, and enjoy the light at the end of the tunnel that we are finally seeing.

Have a great summer!