Many Taxi and FHV drivers who’s first stop in the morning used to be the airport are instead getting their first fare of the day outside places like Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the few locations in New York where a taxi driver might get work.
“That’s where the customers are now,” one driver noted. “Hospital workers, nurses, doctors, and where there are stores for food.”
“I feel like I have an obligation to take those hospital workers from point A to point B,” another driver added.
There’s no longer a rush-hour surge, when people leaving the office try to flag down the closest cab to hurry to their next destination. Gone for now are the days of waiting for a crowd to exit a ballgame or concert, so many drivers call it quits by 7:00pm.