Will it ever really happen? It’s pretty much been planned since the very day the idea of subways came into being. At this rate, we’ll probably have flying cars before we have a Second Avenue subway.
Where I hailed him: Hell’s Kitchen
Where he hails from: Iran
Years as cabbie: 10
Previous profession: Dentist
The whole idea is very bad. There are a lot of places that need a subway more than Second Avenue, especially since there is already a subway line near there. Other boroughs need subways a lot more than Second Avenue does. It’s a waste of money. If they want to spend millions of dollars constructing stuff, they should improve the subways we already have.
Where I hailed him: South Williamsburg
Where he hails from: Ecuador
Years as a cabbie: 8
Previous profession: Dishwasher
New Yorkers are really into convenience, because they are inconvenienced so much just by living here, so I think it’s a good idea to build the Second Avenue line as quickly as possible. Even though it will be expensive, it will make everyone happier. I’ll still get fares, though, people like to be picked up in front of their house or work. Besides, if there is a subway, there will be less cars, there will be less traffic on the roads, which is good for me.
Where I hailed him: Midtown
Where he hails from: Queens
Years as cabbie: 1
Previous profession: Car salesman
That whole thing is crap and worthless. The only reason they’re building it is because rich people don’t want to walk from Lexington. Definitely other areas need a subway more. (Are you worried it might mean fewer fares for you?) Well, whenever I go up to the Upper East Side I’m taking some rich guy. I don’t think all the rich guys will stop taking cabs and go into the subway. The only thing it might impact is sometimes I take people from Lexington to their apartments near the river because they don’t want to walk. That might not happen anymore.
Where I hailed him: Chelsea
Where he hails from: Chad
Years as cabbie: 13
Previous profession: Maintenance worker
I don’t think about it too much. I’m worried about the construction making traffic, but so far I haven’t had to deal with that. It’s not supposed to open for a long time, so I don’t think about it much. I won’t ride it. (Do you think a line is needed there?) I don’t know. I guess people will use it, so that’s the only thing that matters. But so long as it doesn’t affect me, I don’t care.