TaxiFareFinder.com Users Can Now Compare Taxi Fares in Multiple Languages

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Free ride service calculator site, TaxiFareFinder.com, has added additional languages to its site options. Users of the taxi fare comparison website can now research their ground transportation options in French, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Jan. 8, 2015 (Boston, MA) — ¡Taxi! Táxi! Taxi! Speakers of Spanish, Portuguese and French can now change the user-language on TaxiFareFinder.com’s free ride comparison website. Whether the user is actually in France, or in another location but preferring to research online in French, they can select their language from a drop down option on the site’s homepage. The newly added functionality is a reflection on the global expansion of the fare calculator’s popularity in more than 60 countries around the world.

TaxiFareFinder.com’s president  Ippei Takahashi states: “When we launched this site in 2007, it was meant to improve communication between taxi drivers and their customers. Adding these additional languages is just one more step toward making communication easier for our users based on which country they are in. Eventually, the goal will be to provide every language for the corresponding country in which our calculator tool is being used.”

TaxiFareFinder.com’s online calculator is the fastest way to research ground transportation costs before traveling. Users enter their starting point and destination on the site, which then estimates how much it will cost for that trip. It also takes into consideration any traffic or inclement conditions which might affect the total cost. The prices are formulated almost instantly and include any car service company’s prices in locations where that services is available. In addition to taxi prices, the site will also display costs from Uber, Lyft, Hailo, Curb and MyTaxi.

Using Google maps, the TaxiFareFinder.com site builds out the route for the trip, which also includes multiple route suggestions. The user can click through these options to choose which one they prefer. By default, the site will display the cheapest possible option. TaxiFareFinder uses up-to-date taxi rates from over 600 localities, covering thousands of cities. This information is carefully and constantly monitored for its accuracy by its staff and supporters from an active taxi community.

 

About the Company

TaxiFareFinder.com was launched in 2007 to help improve the communication between providers of ground transportation and their customers. The calculator tool is based on a proprietary algorithm that takes into account a multitude of considerations. TaxiFareFinder utilizes up-to-date taxi rates from over 600 localities, covering thousands of cities. This information is carefully and constantly monitored for its accuracy by our staff and supporters from our active taxi community. TaxiFareFinder also offers tools, such as an API and WordPress plugin, that enable taxi companies and travel authorities to provide their own fare estimates on their websites or mobile applications. For additional questions or inquiries, please contact us here: http://www.taxifarefinder.com/contactus.php or visit http://www.taxifarefinder.com/developers.php.

Big News: 1,000 Cities Strong!

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Hey TaxiFareFinder fans! We are proud to announce another big milestone.

We now support over 1,000 cities, counties, airports, and schools worldwide with our fare finding, super sleuth skills! Our recent update includes many mid-sized cities including Palo Alto, CA, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Daytona Beach, FL. The TaxiFareFinder team wants to ensure our fantastic fans have access to taxi fare estimates anywhere in the globe; from big cities to small towns. In the future, we plan to continue our growth until we support all corners of the world!

Check out our GIANT list of supported cities below and let us know if your city is missing – we are expanding every day!

http://www.taxifarefinder.com/#supported_cities

 

Technology Transformation in the Taxi Industry

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Technology is certainly changing our daily lives and the world we live in. Check out this article where TaxiFareFinder is highlighted as an innovator within the taxi industry by using technology to benefit both drivers and passengers.

How Mobile Payments Are Transforming the Taxi Industry

The Search for the Perfect Yellow for NYC’s Taxi of Tomorrow

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After Nissan won the bid to design New York City’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ and replace the iconic yellow cabs, the company realized they had quite a project on their hands.  Nissan first asked city officials if it would be possible to design a cab in any color besides yellow, and officials declined this idea, staying true to the iconic yellow taxis. From this point, Nissan color designers viewed, tested and experimented with an unbelievable amount of yellow shades and swatches.  The project was not as simple as choosing a favorite shade among designers and city officials; much more planning and consideration was required.  The shade had to be easy and inexpensive for paint manufacturing plants and mechanics to obtain, as well as able to cover a cab’s scratches or imperfections easily.   After one year of experimenting with color design, a light and fresher yellow was decided upon and recognized as “icon-worthy” by designers.  It is the hope of Nissan to “brighten the entire New York City landscape, one yellow cab at a time.”

To read the full article on AutoBlog, click here.Check out this video on the design of the new cabs: Nissan Design Finds the Perfect Yellow for NYC’s Taxi of Tomorrow

 

Taxi Rates Ranking by UBS Prices & Earning report

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According to the newly released Prices and earnings report by UBS, taxi rides in Switzerland are the most expensive and ones in Cairo are the least expensive. Recently adjusted New York sits in middle of the pack at Rank #37 out of 72 cities surveyed.

The team at TFF is a bit warily of the results though. The report ranks Los Angeles in third place at $25.06. However, this is supposed to be a price for a 3 mile trip. $25 for a 3 mile trip? That seems awfully high. Rates in Los Angeles is about $2.70 a mile…you try the math.  (Maybe they are considering crushing traffic congestion?)

Taxi Fare Finder has its own taxi price ranking here.

 UBS – Price Comparison of Taxi Prices

Cities Taxi
1 Zurich $28.93
2 Geneva $27.78
3 Los Angeles $25.06
4 Stockholm $24.64
5 Oslo $23.22
6 London $23.03
7 Tokyo $21.42
8 Luxembourg $19.43
9 Munich $18.04
10 Copenhagen $17.33
11 Vienna $17.27
12 Milan $16.84
13 Amsterdam $16.34
14 Frankfurt $16.23
15 Brussels $15.71
16 Miami $15.32
17 Dublin $14.89
18 Auckland $13.62
19 Tel Aviv $13.57
20 Toronto $13.31
21 Madrid $13.27
22 Moscow $13.24
23 Lyon $13.08
24 Montreal $12.98
25 Helsinki $12.71
26 Chicago $12.50
27 Caracas $11.65
28 Manama $11.52
29 Lisbon $11.50
30 Berlin $10.79
31 Barcelona $10.36
32 Sydney $9.75
33 Paris $9.39
34 Rome $9.38
35 Nicosia $9.31
36 Istanbul $8.94
37 New York $8.50
38 Dubai $8.17
39 Prague $8.05
40 Buenos Aires $7.97
41 Budapest $7.64
42 Rio de Janeiro $7.29
43 Ljubljana $7.25
44 Nairobi $7.16
45 Santiago de Chile $7.13
46 São Paulo $6.83
47 Riga $6.34
48 Tallinn $5.86
49 Bratislava $5.61
50 Athens $5.50
51 Vilnius $4.63
52 Kiev $4.56
53 Lima $4.52
54 Taipei $4.37
55 Doha $4.12
56 Johannesburg $4.07
57 Hong Kong $3.99
58 Beijing $3.64
59 Shanghai $3.64
60 Mexico City $3.60
61 Seoul $3.40
62 Bucharest $3.17
63 Warsaw $3.15
64 Jakarta $2.93
65 Manila $2.88
66 Bogotá $2.81
67 Bangkok $2.47
68 Kuala Lumpur $2.44
69 Sofia $2.00
70 Delhi $1.95
71 Mumbai $1.76
72 Cairo $1.49


Note: Rates below are in USD and for “price for a distance of 5 kilometers / 3 miles during the day within the city limits, including service.” Source 

New York Approves Taxi Fare Hike

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New York CIty’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) approved a fare increase of its metered taxi fleet.  This fare hike is the first in six years.  The flag drop remains at the current $2.50 but the per-distance rate increases to $0.50 for every fifth of a mile (from the previous $0.40), bringing the per-mile charge to $2.50.  This is designed to affect longer trips rather than the shorter, and TLC claims a driver will make on average $130 per a 12-hour shift under the new plan.

Other changes include an increase of flat-rate from JFK Airport to Manhattan from the current $45 to $52 and Newark airport extra charge from the current $15 to $17.50.

Another noticeable change is the way credit card fees are incurred by the drivers.  Now, a driver pays $9 fee per shift, rather than paying $5% of every trip.

According to the Taxi Rate Comparison Chart at TaxiFareFinder (http://www.taxifarefinder.com/rates.php), New York ranked 15th among major US cities. Similar chart was used by TLC to justify this increase. (http://gothamist.com/2012/07/10/tlc_hearing.php)

NYC Medallions on Sale – $500k each!

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Acclaimed NYC medallions will go on sale this year.  2000 of them.   The city is expecting to raise $1B for these.   Is $500K a medallion unrealistic?  In the past, some medallions have gone for over $1M.  So asking $500K, city argues, is an acceptable expectation.

However, in this economy and inevitable dilution of taxis in NYC , this expectation is being questioned. Furthermore:

  • “Prior auctions came with fare hikes, raising the medallions’ value for potential buyers. This one comes…with no fare increase”
  • This is right “after a change in state law that stripped away one of the industry’s most lucrative perks — the sole right to pick up street hails in all five boroughs.”
  • The “new taxis must also be wheelchair-accessible, and the cost of such a vehicle, roughly $45,000, is nearly double that of a standard cab, about $25,000.”

The sale continues throughout the year.  Stay tuned!

Source: New York Post – City hails ‘$1B’ taxi-medallion sale

 

Chicago Taxi Reform Next? Drastic Changes Eminent!

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This month, Washington DC proposed a taxi reform, and Chicago seems to be next.  Over the last several years, the complaints regarding quality of taxi service has been on the rise, and many groups have spoken out regarding the need for an overhaul.

For the drivers, the taxi rates have been an increasing concern, as the rates have lagged behind other major US cities at $1.80/mile.  (Compared against San Francisco $2.75, Los Angeles $2.70, and Boston $2.80. Chicago has been ranked 25th to 27th on TaxiFareFinder’s National Taxi Rates Ranking. )

Below are some articles to get you up to speed.

Chicago Tribune: Emanuel targets dangerous cabbies

Chicago Tribune: Taxi reforms in Chicago, following a series of Chicago Tribune taxi stories

Mayor: Recent response from the Chicago Mayor’s Office

Taxi Driver: A Taxi Driver Speaks Up – Blogger at ChicagoHack.com

Washington DC Taxi – Drastic Changes Ahead

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The District of Columbia Taxi-Cab Commission has announced a new fare structure for Washington DC. The initial charge (i.e. flag drop) will remain at the current $3.00; however the per-mile rate is being adjusted from $1.50 per mil to $2.16 a mile. (44% increase) The wait time rate is also being adjusted from $15 to $25 per hour. (66% increase) To offset the increase, many surcharges such as for luggage and additional passengers have been removed.

One may assume this would be welcomed by the taxi companies and drivers. The previous rates, set after moving from a zone-based pricing to a meter-based pricing (in 2008), were criticized to have been set too low, causing taxi drivers to take significant hit in their incomes. DC was previously ranked 29th on TaxiFareFinder’s taxi rate ranking. The new rates? It should bring Washington DC from the current 29th place to…top 10.

Apparently, however, the newly announced reform and rates did not live up to the expectation, as it is getting mixed responses.  Some argue that they are low compared to other major US cities such as San Francisco ($2.75/mile) and Boston ($2.80/mile). Others heavily criticize the new regulations to make DC cabs more “modern”, such as:

  • New restrictions on the status of the vehicle, such as age, condition, etc.
  • Enactment of “medallion like system”, where the number of taxi licenses will be limited and controlled by the Commission
  • New requirements on digital recording of trips, credit card equipment, GPS, etc.
  • (more details)

What do you guys think? With current issues with Uber taxi and Metro (DC subway) fare hike, Washington DC seems to be a happening place among the transportation-conscious.

 

New York Stings Taxi Drivers

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In September, New York set up stings on taxi drivers, to enforce taxi drivers who refuse rides to the outer boroughs (from Manhattan).   Out of 1330 sting operations, 361 of them were found to be violating the rule.

For those of you who are not familiar with New York taxis, this has been one of the key complaints from taxi riders, next to credit card machines being broken.  Taxi drivers often prefer to not travel out to the boroughs, because they have to spend time and pay for fuel on the trip back.

There have always been sting operations to keep taxi drivers honest, but apparently, this offense, in the past, was only found about 4% of the time.  In this new effort, it was found in staggering 27% of the time!  Key difference in the number is attributed to the fact that New York hired “students” to perform the sting operations.

So why the staggering difference?  In the news, we are led to believe it is due to the agents being “students”.    However, is it simply because the riders were “students”?  What characteristics about these students caused such dramatic effect on the taxi drivers to deny service more often than they would “normal agents.”  Younger people?  Rowdier crowd?  Time of the day they attempted to take taxis?

…and who are the “regular” agents if not students?  Is using students the better representation of the violations occurring on the streets?  …or was this a test to see how often students are being discriminated against?

College Kids Catch Hundreds Of Fare-Refusing Cabbies
http://gothamist.com/2011/12/02/college_kids_catch_hundreds_of_fare.php

New York hires students to sting cabbies for refusing fares
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/12/new-york-hires-college-kids-to-sting-cabbies-for-refusing-fares-.html