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Old 11-20-2012, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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1. NYC
2. Chicago
3. DC
4. Boston
5. Philly
6. SF

After those six, it's not even worth ranking.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Location: The City
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I'll take a stab in the dark and guess Chicago. Followed by Boston and DC, maybe SF.

Per Wikipedia, Chicago has 7000, Boston has 1800, LA has 2300, DC has around 7000, Houston 2300, SF 1500. To compare NYC has 14,000 licensed taxis

Best estimate I could find for Philadelphia was a little more than 4,000. Also on SF after spending the weekend there the 1,700 makes sense. Very hard to find cabs IMHO for the city, especially in the rain.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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1. NYC
2. Chicago
3. DC
4. Boston
5. Philly
6. SF

After those six, it's not even worth ranking.
LA is easily number 7, and I think Atlanta should get a nod. Seattle, Portland both have decent transit.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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SF sucks for getting cabs, probably should end the list at Philly.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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New York City is probably the only city where they are widely used outside of the downtown areas or CBDs. Los Angeles to some extent but only because of its unique layout.
You see a lot of cabs in non-CBD areas of Chicago, DC and Boston.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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LA is easily number 7, and I think Atlanta should get a nod. Seattle, Portland both have decent transit.
Those three would round out the Top 10.

I go back and forth on the #2 slot. I think DC is more transit-oriented than Chicago (even though Chicago has more transit riders in total). But Chicago has a 24-hour system and express trains (DC does not). That's a tough one, imo.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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You see a lot of cabs in non-CBD areas of Chicago, DC and Boston.
Boston would get a boost from Cambridge as well, which has its own cab system. Personally I didn't find Boston to be a place that I could super-easily hail a cab, other than in the most core areas like Back Bay, Fenway, Downtown, Cambridge. One thing that is annoying about Boston area cabs - if you are in Boston proper and a Cambridge / Somerville / Brookline cab drives by, the are not legally allowed to pick you up*. I wonder if this is the case in Los Angeles?

*hopefully not just some urban legend people told me
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:50 AM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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LA is easily number 7, and I think Atlanta should get a nod. Seattle, Portland both have decent transit.
by ridership as a % of metro residents, it's:

1) New York City
2) San Francisco
3) Washington DC
4) Boston
5) Chicago
6) Philadelphia
7) Seattle

(all below are rather close)

8) Baltimore
9) Los Angeles
10) Portland

Atlanta is way down the list but it does have rapid transit, which makes transit better in the places where it exists. The problem with the rankings is it depends on where the metro is defined to end. (see figure 6)

http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-15.pdf

None of the metros get close to 50%, even NYC is only 30%.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:51 AM
 
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I wonder if this is the case in Los Angeles?
It's true, but why would a LA cab be able to pick you up in Santa Monica?
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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by ridership as a % of metro residents, it's:

1) New York City
2) San Francisco
3) Washington DC
4) Boston
5) Chicago
6) Philadelphia
7) Seattle

(all below are rather close)

8) Baltimore
9) Los Angeles
10) Portland
How is any of that information relevant?
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