Share a taxi and save money

May 28, 2009 3:49:38 PM PDT
Riding in a taxi in New York City could soon be more like carpooling. The Taxi and Limousine Commission has approved two experimental programs.

The first one would create pick-up locations in Manhattan where taxis would carry more than one passenger at a time during the morning rush hour. Passengers could get out of the cab at any point along a designated corridor. Each passenger would pay a flat rate of three or four dollars. This plan could begin this fall.

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    The second program involves allowing yellow cabs to meter two fares at once. That would allow drivers to carrying one passenger and pick up another along the way.

    The proposal calls for equipping up to one thousand cabs with new meters. Electronic signs would also be installed on the cabs to let people know where the cab was going.

    If the cab driver picks up the additional passenger, riders would receive a discount of up to 50 percent off the mileage or wait time charges.

    The technology must be developed for this program, so it could be next year before they even try it, officials said.

    The pilot programs would run for up to a year before the TLC decided to make either one permanent.


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