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TLC Says Green Cab Program Will Continue to Move Forward

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The de Blasio administration appears to be making a U-turn when it comes to the so-called green taxis.

On Thursday, the taxi and limousine commissioner reportedly said the city was putting the brakes on issuing more green cab permits, but now, the TLC says the program will actually move forward.

Green cabs are allowed to pick up street hails outside Manhattan.

Some cab drivers NY1 spoke with said they're happy more permits will be issued.

"Those guys with the green, they have to eat, and the big city, it's going to be good for everybody," said one driver.

"I believe it's good because people get good service," said another.

"We'd like to see kind of some evidence that it's not politics at play here," said Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. "Up to now, the proposals that we've seen have really been in the favor of the fleet owners."

As a candidate, Mayor Bill de Blasio supported a lawsuit to halt the green cabs.

He also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the yellow cab industry.

There are currently more than 5,000 green cabs on the street.

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