Introduction

Anyone who has been to New York City has probably taken a ride in a taxi cab before. Due to the traffic of the city, taxis are one of the most common methods of transportation. Between 5:00AM and 6:00AM is the least common hour to be picked up by a taxi in Manhattan. During this hour, the average distance travelled per taxi ride is the highest, and the average tip per mile is lower than daytime tips but not significantly higher than the average tip amount during night hours. (Daytime hours are between 6:00AM and 8:00PM)

Data Analysis

Taxis run throughout the day and night, but they are not hailed with the same frequency during all hours of the day. The bar graph below represents the average number of taxis taken per each hour of the day.

The number of taxis fluctuates throughout the day, but there is clearly a consistent decrease afer 9:00PM until the number picks back up again at 6:00AM. An average of 4,271 taxis are taken between the times of 5:00AM and 6:00AM (highlighted in purple) compared to 28,916 taxis at 7:00PM.

Aside from being the hour with the lowest number of taxis taken, 5:00AM is also the hour with the highest average trip distance. The bar graph below represents this, illustrating the average trip distance in miles per hour of the day.