Cabbie Drives Men Across US $5,000 From New York To Los Angeles

By: Bill Waters - Staff Writer
Published: Apr 23, 2021

Cabbie Drives Men Across US $5,000. A New York City taxi drives two men across the country from New York to Los Angeles. Mohammed Alam says it beats Manhattan traffic and met a lot of great people along the way.

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The trio left NY on Saturday night and had reached Las Angeles by Thursday. Investment banker John Belitsky, of Leonia, N.J., said that the idea was hatched during a birthday celebration for Dan Wuebben of Queens. Belitsky is the son of a former New York city cabbie who said he’d never be able to pull off such a trip.

Cabbie Drives Men Across US $5,000

So for him, the trip started out almost as a dare, a way to prove his father wrong and a fare of $5,000 later. However, he said the experience has been rewarding. “It was a great idea,” Belitsky said in a statement. “We’ve met a lot of fun people, seen a lot of interesting things. I proved my father wrong.”

Alam, the driver, said it wasn’t about the money (a metered fare for such a trip would actually be $17,000) but more an opportunity to see the country. “This is a long road, wide road,” he said. “There are no people. New York is too crowded, a lot of people, a lot of cars. There are no cars here, I think.”

Wacky as the trip may be, it’s not the first. In 2007 an elderly couple hopped into a cab in Queens and went all the way to Sedona, Arizona. However, Betty and Bob Matas weren’t looking for a joyride, they were moving. They used a Yellow Cab for the 2,500 miles trip.


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