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"Some perspective." by Justin F., San Francisco


For all of you people whining about a bad taxi experience, listen to this. You should be thankful that New York has such a robust public transportation system, believe me it's a rare thing. Moving to San Francisco from New York about one year ago gave me an entirely new perspective on New York. Let me point out several things that most of you, and I, used to take for granted. Taxi rides are about 50 percent cheaper in New York compared with any other city in the US. Average wait time for a taxi in New York is one-tenth what it is everywhere else. You can get a taxi after midnight. You can summon a taxi by merely raising your hand. These are just several of the benefits that many seem to take for granted. For those of you that still don't like the taxi system, there are alternate methods of transportation. That's the beautiful thing about New York; it's an efficient market. If you can't afford a taxi, there are buses and subways. If you think taxis are too dirty or uncomfortable, you can hire a private livery service for a premium. It is all about the optionality, and take my word for it, you're not going to find a better system. P.S. - I will be home soon, thank God.


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