Creating a Practical Tool for Taxi/Uber Drivers

Creating a Practical Tool for Taxi/Uber Drivers

Taxi drivers are undoubtedly hard-working professionals that work long hours without many breaks in between. To help facilitate breaks in between shifts, the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) in conjunction with the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has created exclusive parking spaces for drivers. These spaces allow drivers to temporarily leave their vehicle, stretch their legs, eat, and use the restroom. The problem is that there is a disconnect between the drivers and the DOT. The information was not properly distributed to the drivers in a way drivers could access this information while on the road. Here is the original listing of taxi relief stands created by the DOT. This information is useful but extremely difficult for a driver to navigate, especially while driving.

A New Way To Navigate

Through many months of online and in-field research, I created a more refined list with relevant information for drivers about each stand. This information includes an estimated amount of parking spaces, hours/limits space is available, public restrooms, restaurants nearby, subway stations, and a lot more.

Several Types of Stands

There are 4 types of stands spread across NYC, and they allow specific privileges to certain types of vehicles.

Disclaimer: This information is not considered an official source of information.

  • Taxi Stand: Taxi drivers can wait in their vehicle and pick up passengers.
  • Taxi Relief Stand: Taxi drivers are allowed to park their vehicles for up to one hour.
  • Taxi/FHV Relief Stand: Taxi and FHV drivers are allowed to park their vehicles for up to one hour.
  • FHV Only: FHV drivers are allowed to park their vehicles for up to one hour.


The map has been featured on Uber’s webpage.

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Jacky Lam
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Jacky Lam is a self-taught data scientist whose research includes big data analysis on NYC’s vast transportation networks and Bike Share operations management.

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