In a project called "NYC Taxis: A Day In The Life," programmer Chris Whong visualized the ground covered by a single taxi in 24 hours. For this research, the data enthusiast sampled 30 random drivers' work days from the 170 million provided by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The journeys — mapped out by Google's Directions API — are downright dizzying. In one case, a car shuttled from Little Italy to JFK, then to Newark Airport, and back to lower Manhattan — all within the span of a few hours. Whether all that hustling is worth it is up to you: After servicing a staggering 126 passengers, said driver netted $720 in 24 hours — the cost of gas and taxes not included.
Check out Whong's infographic of rides, and be prepared to feel a newfound respect for these folks — it ain't easy being a cabbie.