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New Yorkers—finally fed up with upstreamers, drivers who won't take them to Brooklyn, and Taxi TV (but not Sandy Kenyon—never Sandy Kenyon)—have been flocking to Uber. The Post reports that Ubers now outnumber yellow taxis on New York City streets—with 14,088 black and luxury cars cruising around the five boroughs, as opposed to 13,587 medallion cabs.
It's an impressive feat for a company that's only been operating in the city for four years. While its competitive rates and higher pay (one driver interviewed for the article makes $85,000 a year) make Uber an attractive alternative to traditional taxis, the company does have its downsides (and we're not talking surge rates): TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi recently voiced her concern that Ubers are adding to the city's congestion, and, unlike yellow cabs, they don't pay the surcharges that fund the MTA. So, the next time your subway is "delayed because of train traffic ahead of us," you know who to blame.