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TaxiFareFinder has been collecting stunning photos of taxis, drivers, and the places they take people around the world for quite some time. This collection of images can be found on our Pinterest account with links to all of the original photos. Check out a few of our favorite photos below and start following us on Pinterest for more!

Did You Know…New York City Taxi Edition

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New York City is known for it’s iconic yellow cabs that dominate the city streets and every scenic view. Yellow taxis have become synonymous with the city and even define the nonstop hustle and bustle of the big apple. We’ve compiled notable facts, figures, and historical tidbits to celebrate the taxi-driven culture of New York City.

There are over 13,437 medallions, the right to run a yellow taxi, in New York City.

There are over 50,000 taxi drivers in New York City.

A typical driver shift is 9.5 hours.

The average number of rides per shift is 30.

The average number of miles driven in a shift is 180.

The average fare is about $6.

The average trip distance is 2.6 miles.

About 99% of all trips are less than 12 miles.

About 20% of all trips are less than 1 mile.

There are over 485,000 taxi trips made per day.

There are over 175 million taxi trips per year.

A typical taxi travels 70,000 miles per year.

Over 600,000 people ride in taxis everyday.

Over 236 million people ride in taxis every year.

The average age of a taxi vehicle is 3.3 years.

Average daily taxi usage is highest in the spring months.

Average daily taxi usage is lowest during the summer months.

Friday December 11, 2009 is the day with the most taxicabs trips between 2008 and 2013.

Taxi usage always dips significantly on major holidays.

About 90% of taxi pickups in New York City occur in Manhattan.

The average tip given to a taxi driver is 18%.

About 1% of taxi drivers in New York City are female.

Each yellow taxi goes through a rigorous inspection process 3 times per year.

Cabs have 18 different sensors, these are all reviewed during the inspection process.

Medallions can be as expensive as $1,200,000.

Over 2/3 of taxi passengers are 35 or under in age.

A cab gets its name from its predecessor, the horse-driven carriage called the cabriolet.

In 1967 all medallion taxicabs in New York City were painted yellow by order of the city.

In 1925 the first woman became a taxi driver in New York City.

There is presently a $200 penalty for taxicab drivers found using their cell phones while operating their vehicles.

TaxiFareFinder used the following resources to compile these taxicab facts and figures:

2014 Taxicab Fact Book & PBS Taxi Facts & Figures

How to Take a Rideshare

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Rideshare services like Uber, Lyft, and others are a growing trend and constantly making headlines. However, the concept of rideshare services is still new and unclear for many riders out there. TaxiFareFinder has created a basic, generic explanation of how to take advantage of these new service offerings; our walk-through of how to take a rideshare applies to all services out there, although the app details and interface may differ. Ride on!

  1. Download chosen rideshare app from the app store.
  2. Create an account. Enter your email address, phone number, and credit or debit card information. Be sure to enable location services when the option appears, as this will allow for more accurate GPS capabilities when requesting a ride.
  3. Fill in the details. Once you have completed account creation, you are ready to take your first ride. You will need to set your pickup location; an address will be auto-populated based on your GPS location but double check to make sure that it is accurate. You can input an address manually if it is incorrect. Next, you will need to choose which level of service you want. For most apps, you are able to choose different types of services based on vehicle type, size, and cost. For example, Uber offers several options including: low-cost uberX, larger-vehicle uberXL, and premium Black Car.
  4. Request your ride. Once you submit your request, a nearby driver is notified of your pickup location. A time estimate will be provided and you will be able to watch your driver arrive utilizing their GPS location. All details surrounding your driver and ride will be provided, including: driver photo, contact information, vehicle make, and license plate number.
  5. Enter your end destination. Input the address of your final destination while you wait for your ride to arrive. This will save time and provide a route ahead of time.
  6. Enjoy your ride. Locate your ride and hop in the vehicle. The GPS will provide the driver with a route, but you are able to suggest a better way if you wish to. Once you arrive at your destination, simply exit the vehicle. You do not need to pay the driver or tip; cost will be taken out of your debit or credit card automatically. Expect to receive a receipt via email with a breakdown of the ride, including fare and route explanation.
  7. Rate your experience. You will be prompted to rate your driver after each ride for most rideshare services. If you had a bad experience, you can express this using the star rating system and also by writing a note to the company. Most companies take complaints very seriously and will respond quickly to any negative feedback.

A few notes for those unfamiliar with rideshare apps.

Surge pricing is a term necessary to understand, as this could seriously hurt your wallet. At times of high demand or severe weather conditions, fares are increased to provide an incentive for more drivers to get on the road. The rideshare app will notify you of the surge when you request a ride. The total cost of your ride will be increased by a multiple or a percentage of your total fare, depending on the app. For example, Uber uses multipliers, 2.5x the normal fare, while Lyft uses percentages, 150% of your fare.  You can choose to wait out the time of high demand, when fares return to normal, non-surge pricing, or choose to pay the inflated price.

Ride Cancellations have fees associated unless completed in a defined timeframe. Although it varies from app to app, the cancellation timeframe for most rideshare services is within five minutes of requesting.  If the ride is not cancelled within this timeframe, a fee starting at $5 will be taken directly out of your account on file. However, if the driver gets lost or exceeds the original arrival timeframe, you may also cancel without repercussions.

Cash transactions should never occur when using a rideshare service. It feels strange to not leave a tip, as this has been customary with taxi rides, but never feel pressured to leave a tip. Driver compensation is factored into the fee that is withdrawn directly from your account on file.

Animal Taxi Monday 4.20.15

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“I asked for a Yellow Cab, not a Black Car! TAXI!”

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The Cleverest of All Taxi Cons

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We have to admit this is a pretty clever con! Read how these passengers conned their taxi driver out of paying a €140 fare using only a mannequin. #manne-con

Our Top 15 Favorite Animal Taxi Pictures

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Do you love animals? Do you love taxis? Every Monday our Facebook page posts a new animal taxi picture that is sure to brighten away those Monday blues. Check out our top favorite #AnimalTaxi pictures from the past year.

A Beginner’s Guide to RideGuru

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Around the World in 15 Taxis

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Whether you’re halfway around the world or in your home country, getting a taxi seems like a pretty simple affair. Just walk to a rank, call up a reliable company, hail one on the street, or order a taxi and prepay through an app.

However, according to this infographic and article from The Taxi Centre, things are a little different elsewhere. Depending on where you are in the world, your simple taxi trip home could include a boat trip, short jaunt on a seaplane, or even a ride on an elephant.

To find out more info on taxi prices, etiquette, and tipping expectations, view the infographic below.













5 Tips for Choosing the Best Cab Company for School Transportation

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In today’s fast-paced world of two-income households, parents often face the difficulty of school transportation. As funding for schools is cut back, less and less children are offered the luxury of riding on the school bus to their building for education. This leaves parents with the responsibility of making sure that their child arrives at school on time. Luckily, there are alternative options available for parents who do not have the time or the means to get their children to school in the morning. One of these options is choosing a cab service to get your child to school. But how do you choose the right one? Here are five simple tips to choosing the best possible taxi cab service to get your child to and from school.

Safety Measures

The most important thing for parents is the safety of their child. While you may not have the time or the means to accompany your child to ensure their safe arrival at school, you can take steps to ensure they are in good hands. When looking for a cab service, be sure to choose one that takes the safety of their passengers very seriously. One of the first things that you should look for is how the drivers of the cab service are verified. A professional company that puts the safety of their customers first will run thorough criminal and background checks for all of their drivers. They will also require a drug test before the driver is accepted.

Another safety factor that should be taken into consideration is the cab itself. A professional company will have clean, well-maintained vehicles in their fleet. The seatbelts, airbags, and other safety features of the vehicle will function properly. You can check this by scheduling a ride for yourself. Pay attention to any sounds or parts that may be indicative of a vehicle problem before choosing a cab company for school transportation.

Clearly Labeled Vehicles

Another part of safety is having clearly labeled vehicles. You do not want your child climbing into a vehicle with anyone who says that they are from the cab company. Train your child to be on the lookout for distinctive features of the cab company that you choose. If your child knows what vehicles are okay to accept a ride from, then many potential dangers can be avoided. Look for a company that has one or two colors for their cab, as well as vehicles that are clearly labeled with a decal stating company information.

Alternative Payment Options

Another thing to consider if you are choosing a cab service for school transportation is whether or not they offer alternative payment options. Professional cab companies frequently offer a card or voucher that can be loaded with money for future cab rides. This prevents you from needing to give your child money every day for a cab ride. This can prevent them from losing the money, or spending it on something other than cab fare. This also prevents you the hassle of remembering to keep cash on hand so that your child has it every morning.

Reliability

Reliability is a huge factor to consider when choosing a cab service. You want to be sure that your child arrives at school on time and is picked up on time after school. This is true for two reasons. In the morning, it is necessary for students to arrive on time. Schools often put guidelines in place to ensure students and parents make an honest effort in getting the student to school on time. Those that arrive late are often penalized, with consequences ranging from warnings to detention. Prompt pick up is important after school because students may leave with friends or wander off if they are not picked up on time. They could miss their cab ride home, leaving parents to panic once they realize they are missing. This is the reason it is necessary to choose a reliable cab service. A reliable company will be able to ensure timely arrival of your child’s ride before or after school. To check reliability, read service reviews or speak with current and previous customers of the cab service.

Fair Prices

Another thing that you want to look for in a cab company for school transportation is fair pricing. The last thing that you want to do is add the cost of an outrageous cab fair along with the price of a school lunch, especially if you are a struggling family. For this reason, check out several safe, reliable companies that meet your specific criteria. Get price quotes from all of them before choosing any specific company for your school transportation needs. Whether you need a cab for school transportation 5 days a week or just Wednesday and Thursday when you go into work early, make sure that you are getting the best price for your ride.

 

About the Author

Jim Bennett has been with Blue Cab Co. a total of 37 years. As a third generation taxicab operator at Blue Cab in Forest Park, IL, he brings a lifetime of transportation experience to the company. Jim received his B.A. degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Carthage College in 1985. Jim has served as a board member for the industry’s largest trade organization, the Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association (TLPA), in Rockville, MD. He is also a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Association. 

Animal Taxi Monday 4.6.15

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