Edit note: We will be live from the TLC hearing tomorrow morning.

New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission will vote Thursday on a plan to permit customers to hail yellow cabs with smartphones during a one-year trial period, a limit added amid pressure from livery-fleet owners who feared the change would hurt their businesses.

Use of online reservation services and phone-based hailing apps, including Uber, Hailo, GetTaxi and others, has risen sharply in other cities with less robust and less tightly regulated taxi industries than New York City’s.

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