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New Trends in City Transportation and Taxi Cab Service

Updated on January 21, 2014

Great options with public transportation

There is a new concept going on with transportation services in many major cities and it may have an impact on taxi cab drivers. Small start up companies such as Lyft, Sidecar and Uber are adding more comfort and convenience for that ride you may need to the airport or when you’re having a night out on the town with your friends.

If you’re not too thrilled about riding in an old, smelly taxi cab then it may not hurt to try out this new form of transportation. With one simple app that you download on your smartphone you can request a driver that will pick you up in their very own vehicle. What’s so great about this? It’s the comfort and convenience. Passengers are encouraged to sit up front and listen to their favorite radio station while they chat about their day. Some drivers even offer complimentary snacks or bottled water. It’s the little things that are making this concept of transportation more comfortable and personal and it’s becoming the new trend in public transportation. One passenger described it as “riding with a friend you just met”.

Friendly transportation and easy payment transactions

The convenience comes from easy payment transactions from your very own phone once you’ve added your credit card information. No more digging around in your purse or wallet for loose dollar bills or looking for that credit card to swipe. With a few taps on your phone, you can conveniently make your payment and be off to your destination in seconds.

The great thing about these start up companies is that they are just as professional as any other company. Passengers won’t ever have to worry about someone pulling up in a beat up old car with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth. All drivers must be presentable and own a 2000 or newer model car. Every driver is required to pass a thorough background check and must have their vehicle inspected before they are hired. Once a driver gets hired and they start picking up passengers, both parties can rate each other on their phone apps. This is a great way to get feedback on both passengers and drivers.


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      Richard de Mey 4 years ago from Scottsdale, Arizona

      Yes Uber is growing in popularity and from what I can see it's because most drivers cater to their passengers needs offering bottled water, mints, gum and playing a requested radio station. It's those little things that truly matter plus Uber rates are 26% cheaper than taxis.

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      Brenda Thornlow 4 years ago from New York

      I'm an exec assistant and I noticed among the people I do travel and expense reports for that Uber is becoming popular tool among them. In New York the City Bikes have been set up around Manhattan as an alternative mode transportation as well.

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      Richard de Mey 4 years ago from Scottsdale, Arizona

      Yeah I have a few friends that live there and they have told me the same thing... lol

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Taxi cabs in the Philippines are improving. But there are still a few where you'd rather walk than take a cab.