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Design of the ideal taxi stand for New York City
It was even more disappointing to see how actually they queued me up for the next taxi, either to run in front of me or just to stand further up in the blocks and grab the next available taxi. In addition, it was usually the case that the taxi stops on a road way with flowing airflow, crossways or (much to my regret) a bicycle path for collection or return.
This could all be changed in the near term if the taxi and limousine commission follows some recommendations of the Design Trust "Designing the Taxi" (PDF file), which deals with many groundbreaking new concepts that would alter the operation of the taxi system. However, specifically, this photograph of a taxi stand with a miniature that a single could go to pressed a key and had a slight popup for each taxi to see and search for, fascinated me with its nice ease.
Taxi cabs could also take a short rest in one of these cabs to await a person's entry into the taxi and avoid long cruises through the town. In Manhattan a good way to begin would be to place them all three to four of a kind on the major roads and then between the alleys on the major roads of the intersection.
The only thing it takes to have a more secure, comfortable and high quality taxi and pick-up system is the elimination of a few tens of free or chargeable car parks per neighbourhood, which can be a good side-effect as it would decrease the incentives to travel to this area and use public transport or walking instead.