Trip Trends

Medallion, SHL, and FHV Daily Trips

Daily Average Trips

Highest & Lowest Trip Dates, 2014 & 2015

Together, medallion taxis and SHLs conducted approximately 474,000 trips per day over 2014 and 2015. Trends are relatively stable during a typical work week, with both taxi types reaching daily peaks between 6 PM and 8 PM each workday, when around 9% of the weekly trips for each service take place. For the week overall, medallions reach their peak on Fridays at 8 PM, while SHLs reach their peak on Saturday nights between 8 PM and midnight.


App-based FHVs performed an average of 146,000 trips each day in the second half of 2015. Trip peaks occur at times similar to SHLs, with more trip volume occurring in the evening hours and a weekly peak in trips happening on Saturday evenings. Overall, nearly a quarter (24%) of app trips occurs between the hours of 8 PM and midnight. Both SHLs and app-based services perform more of their trips than medallions during the evening shift change that typically occurs between 4 PM and 6 PM each day. During this time, 9% of weekly medallion taxi trips occur, while 11% of both SHL and app trips occur over the same period.


The top 50 traditional FHV bases represented together performed an average of nearly 52,000 trips per day in the last quarter of 2015. For these FHV bases, the busiest time is actually the morning rush. Around 12% of their trips occur between the hours of 5 AM and 8 AM, compared to medallions with 7%, SHLs with 5%, and app services with 7%. Have questions about FHVs? Ask us!

When examining the distribution of trips by borough, medallion taxis continue to pick up passengers primarily in Manhattan: 92% of medallion trips originate there. An additional 4% of medallion trips start at the airports, with the remaining 4% of trips starting elsewhere in the city. SHL service is spread throughout the boroughs, with 38% of trips starting in Brooklyn, 28% in Northern Manhattan, 28% in Queens, and 6% in the Bronx. Over twothirds (70%) of app-based FHV trips start in Manhattan, with 18% of trips starting in Brooklyn, 7% starting in Queens, and 3% starting at the airports. Service from the top 50 traditional FHV companies is concentrated in the Bronx, where 42% of the trips begin, as many of the companies are located there. Outside of the Bronx, 20% of the trips begin in Manhattan, 17% of trips begin in each Brooklyn and Queens, and 3% begin at the airports.


Airport Trips

Millions of people land at NYC’s two airports every year, and these travelers depend on reliable taxi service to reach their final destinations. At either airport, medallion taxis are able to transport passengers waiting at taxi stands, and SHLs and FHVs are permitted to pick up for pre-arranged trips.


In 2014, medallion taxis transported around 20% of all passengers arriving or departing at LaGuardia Airport (LGA). SHLs, which are authorized to drop off street-hailing passengers at airports, transported less than one percent of all passengers at LGA. At JFK Airport, medallions taxis transport a lower percentage of passengers (8%), while the Airtrain at JFK transports roughly 12% of passengers.


At different times of day or days of the week, airport pick-ups make up a varying proportion of all passenger trips performed by medallion taxis, app-based FHVs, and traditional FHVs. In the mornings, between 5 AM and 8 AM, 4% of medallion taxi trips begin at the airports, and 3% of app-based FHV trips and 2% of traditional FHV trips at this time start there. Between 3 PM and 6 PM, 6% of medallion taxi trips start at the airports, while 5% of traditional FHV trips start there and just 4% of app-based FHV trips start there. When business is slower elsewhere between 10 PM and midnight, 6% of medallion taxi trips and 5% of both app-based FHV trips and traditional FHV trips begin at one of the airports.

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