Monday, March 3, 2008

New York City Looks For Fresh Ideas In “Taxi Of Tomorrow” Project

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission today began the distribution of a Request for Information to seek information on ways to bring the next iconic taxi to the City's streets.

The RFI was authored by the TLC and the Mayor's Office in consultation with Ricardo, Inc., a leading independent provider of technology, product innovation, engineering solutions and strategic consulting to the world's automotive, transport and new energy industries. Ricardo was recently engaged by the TLC to work on the project.

The "Taxi of Tomorrow" project brings together a number of Bloomberg Administration agencies working toward the initiative's common goals, including the Mayor's Office of Operations (Jeffrey Kay, Director), the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (Matthew Sapolin, Commissioner), and the Economic Development Corporation (Seth W. Pinsky, President).

The RFI's goal is to gauge from the auto manufacturing industry the possibility of creating vehicles that incorporate and balance the different needs of a taxi operating within New York City. NYC intends to use the information gained from this RFI to inform a process that will create a blueprint and timeline for bringing new taxicab vehicles to the streets. This vehicle would meet key elements that would allow it to serve New Yorkers and visitors alike in every way they seek to be served by a taxicab.

Vanessa Arellano Doctor

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