If you are over Uber and it’s $2 surcharge to order up a NYC taxi, you should download one or both new FREE apps to e-hail a good old-fashioned NYC taxi with a meter and no surprise charges like surge pricing. Plus, you’ll be supporting hard-working local drivers and/or locally-owned taxi garages instead of a Silicon Valley software billionaire.
NYC now has two free e-hail apps for metered yellow cabs and green cabs – Arro and Way2Ride.
Arro is compatible with around 7,000 NYC taxis. Way2Ride is compatible with around 15,000 NYC taxis. It has to do with the payment system they use, so it’s best to download both apps to order up the nearest taxi.
Either way, you get a metered yellow or green taxi with no surprises when you get the bill.
There also are dozens of locally-owned livery-car businesses you can call or text, and also get a set price with no surge pricing surprises when you get to your destination or get the bill.
Arro was developed by a NYC-based software company. According to Crain’s New York Business, PC Magazine rated it 3.5 out of 4 stars, and says Arro would likely appeal to taxi riders who are turned off by Uber’s Machiavellian machinations.
Way2Ride started as a payment app created by Verifone Systems, based in San Jose, Calif., and operates the entertainment and payment systems in about NYC’s yellow and green taxis. Now the app has been updated to include e-hailing for drivers using its system, who can get trip requests through their existing in-taxi equipment.
Next step is linking the two systems so taxi drivers can receive requests on either system, for a total of more than 30,000 NYC medallion cabs.
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