Taxi 07

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Partner Organizations

A consortium of design, academic, cultural, and civic organizations was formed for Taxi 07:
  • Art Center College of Design
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National
  Design Museum, Smithsonian

  • Disabled in Action
  • HR&A
  • IFC Center
  • Imagination USA Inc.
  • Natural Resources Defense    Council
  • NYC Taxi & Limousine   Commission
  • New York International Auto    Show
  • Pratt Institute

Project Publications

Learn more about our strategic plan for the taxi system.

Find out more about the exhibit publication.

Launched in 2006, Taxi 07 was a multi-phase program that celebrated the taxi's centennial, facilitated innovative new taxi designs (Taxi 07 Exhibit) and, in partnership with the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, developed a roadmap for how to improve the taxi system over a 10- year period (Roads Forward).

With Taxi 07, the Design Trust successfully activated innovation in a system long considered intractable, furthering its efforts to re-imagine the taxi vehicle for the twenty-first century which first began in 2005 with Designing the Taxi.

As a direct result of our groundbreaking taxi initiatives, the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission launched the Taxi of Tomorrow initiative in 2008 to pursue the creation of the first purpose-built vehicle to serve as New York City's exclusive taxi. Read more...

"The Design Trust's Taxi 07 project was the genesis of the Taxi of Tomorrow program."
  – Matthew W. Daus, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commissioner (2001-2010)

Taxi 07: Public Exhibit  

The Taxi 07 Exhibit premiered at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, April 6-15, 2007. With this ambitious, large-scale public exhibit, the Design Trust showed tangible improvements to the taxi vehicle and system, demonstrating that the yellow cab can and should stand for our city's commitment to sustainability, accessibility and good design.

Exhibit highlights included:
  • alternative-fuel taxis
  • wheelchair accessible taxis
  • 21st century taxi stands
  • improved roof lights and partitions
  • improved passenger compartments
  • a film portrait of NYC taxi drivers (watch here)
  • 2 historic checker cabs

Read more about the exhibit.

"Earlier this month, at the New York International Auto Show, an exhibit celebrated the 100th anniversary of the gasoline-powered taxi in New York City...the goal of the taxi exhibition was to reinvent the New York City taxi. Several designs incorporated hybrids, alternative fuels, and zero emissions technologies. After 100 years on the road, it is time to paint NYC's taxis green."
  – Bradley Tirpak and Dennis Tirpak, "How Green is My Taxi," The New York Times

Taxi 07: Roads Forward  

In partnership with the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), the Design Trust created the first strategic plan for how to improve the New York City taxi system over a 10-year period, Taxi 07: Roads Forward. This publication provides the City of New York and TLC the most thorough information available about the current state of the taxi system and outlined ways to improve this crucial transit link.

The primary authors of this publication are six Design Trust fellows, an outstanding interdisciplinary team that includes urban planners, information designers, economists, and transportation experts: Rachel Abrams, Sylvia Harris, Adam Millard-Ball, Eric Rothman, Anisha Sawhney, and Rachel Weinberger.

Learn more about this plan.

"Roads Forward is the gold standard for informing policymakers. I reference it all the time."
  – David Yassky, Commissioner, NYC TLC

Taxi 07: Public Awareness  
In celebration of the cab's centennial, Taxi 07 sponsored a series of public events and educational programs that stimulated debate on how to improve the cab for its next 100 years.

Many of the Taxi 07 programs took place during "NYC Taxi Week" (April 6-15, 2007), including a program about the taxi centennial on the PBS series "New York Voices" on April 13, and a month-long taxi film series at the IFC Center. On April 4th, the Empire State Building was lit in honor of the centennial and Taxi 07.

The first public event was "Transforming an Icon," a panel discussion that explored how the city's top designers are approaching the challenge of improving an icon such as the NYC taxicab.

"The Design Trust has convened an essential dialogue, and it will continue, with all parties recognizing that the design of the physical object is intimately connected to economics, politics, and culture. It's not just the shape of the car, in other words. But it does, in the end, all come down to design, and to figuring out a way not only to conceive of a better objects, but to making it happen."
  – Paul Goldberger, "A Taxi is Not a Car"

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