If you’ve ever wondered just how much a New York City cab driver can make in one day, you should check this website out.
If you’ve ever thought about how long and how far a taxi’s traveled before they get to you, you should check this website out.
If you’ve ever tried to visualize where the taxi’s been before you, you should check this website out.
Chris Whong created this incredible “civic tech project” with the help of data provided from the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
From his About page:
The intent is to analyze running counts of fares, taxes, etc, over the course of a day, and to see how/when taxis move around New York.
The raw data include only start and end locations for each trip. These points were run through Google’s Directions API to create the routes shown in this visualization. Of course, these are Google’s best choice, not necessarily the one the taxi took.
So far after letting the taxi go for about 10 minutes, this one particular taxi’s had 36 passengers and made just under $500, at $491.59 (with $45.76 in tips — or about a $1.25 per fare).