As Bloomberg and the TLC forge ahead with their plans to regulate the outer borough car service industry, particularly with regards to who is able to legally pick up street hails, a new taxi color has emerged. I would like to call it “Granny Smith Green”, although the Mayor would prefer it to be known as “Apple Green”. It appears as though they are ultimately aiming for a larger number of Granny Smith Green colored taxis to operate in the outer boroughs, roughly 18,000, which would mean a fleet that is 1.5X the size of the yellow fleet. We may be witnessing the emergence of yet another first tier versus second tier structural alignment when it comes to taxi operations here in NYC. The color lines have been drawn and as we all know, those differences make a lot of difference. I hope the Granny Smith cab will be seen, used and held to the same standards as that of its close cousin, the Yellow, at least in terms of passenger safety and quality of service.