Short for “Taximeter Cab” an automatic meter to record the distance and fare (1898), coined from Medieval Latin taxa "tax, charge." An earlier English form was taxameter (1894) used in horse-drawn cabs.
My first ride in a NYC Cab was in a new 1953 Ford taxi with my father in NYC. It was a great experience being driven around town in a new cab.
This is my Tribute to the NYC Taxicab. Enjoy, Mario