Winston Williams has spent nearly three decades behind the wheel of a commuter van – better known as a dollar van, because it used to cost $1 to ride. It’s $2 these days.

“The demand is not out here as it used to be. It’s coming back, though,” Williams said.

Williams, 60, who came to New York from Jamaica, is one of 145 licensed commuter van drivers in the city, and he ran his own operation with 26 vehicles – until COVID-19 tanked ridership that had been as high as 90,000 passengers a day before the pandemic.

And when it hit, high insurance rates, costing him more than $2,000 a month, became too much.

Winston Williams has spent nearly three decades behind the wheel of a commuter van – better known as a dollar van, because it used to cost $1 to ride. It’s $2 these days.

“The demand is not out here as it used to be. It’s coming back, though,” Williams said.

Williams, […]

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