Taxis aren’t as easy to find in the outer boroughs, and some professors from Columbia University and The College of Staten Island say they have one answer: New Jersey. The Daily News reports that 360,000 trips a year start in New Jersey–about .2% of the 175 million total taxi trips a year. New Jersey government doesn’t always permit this–it’s actually illegal in places like Jersey City and Hoboken for taxis not licensed there to answer a hail. But the fact of the matter, New York Taxi Workers Alliance Head Bhairavi Desai says, is that most Taxi drivers “can’t afford New York rents” and live in Jersey–so they’re inclined to pick up passengers in Jersey at the beginning and end of their shifts. Try not to hate them too much for that.

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