The New York City department of Taxi and Limousines released data for every $2.5 billion and 187 million trips in 2015. This dataset contains pickup time, location and dropoff coordinates, fare, tip amount and transaction type for 2015.
New Yorkers Aren’t Morning People
It’s pretty nice being a taxi driver these days. On average, taxi drivers who were tipped, received an average tip of 20.0% (credit card transactions only). The best tips occur between 4 – 5pm, that’s when drivers receive tips 5% higher than the 20.0% average. Apparently, New Yorkers aren’t morning people, the worst time to drive a taxi is 7 – 8am, that’s when drivers recieve the lowest tips 4% lower than average.
54% of trips used a credit card
Since this analysis only looks at credit card trips, we see grouping around the pre-selected tip amounts in the creditcard reader of 15%, 20% and 25%. It seems that 20% is the most selected tip amount: 42% of tips were between 19 – 22%.
NYC Taxi Data | Google Big Query
Microsoft Excel (Graphs)