Testimonial Friday 7.29

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It’s Friday! Time for another testimonial from a frequent TaxiFareFinder user, Casey!

“I use TaxiFareFinder all the time. I introduced it to all of my friends and they love it too! We’re in college so we’re always trying to save money, so the taxi fare calculator at TaxiFareFinder.com is a great help to know how much our taxi will cost us beforehand!”

Thank you for using TFF, Casey!

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The Best and Worst Cities to Take a Taxi

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Attention travelers! We compiled a list of the best and worst cities to take a taxi in based on the reputation of the taxi service. We used factors including the quality of driving, quality of vehicles, cleanliness, safety, friendliness, knowledge, availability, and value.

Do you see your city on the list? Have you taken a cab in one of these cities? Let us know!

Animal Taxi Monday 7.25.16

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Watch out for the Giraffe taxi!  #AnimalTaxiMonday


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Testimonial Friday 7.22.16

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Happy #TestimonialFriday! We have a special testimonial from a TaxiFareFinder fan, Sam!

“I have had so many great experiences using TaxiFareFinder.com. It’s just so convenient and easy to use, all I have to do is type in my location and where I want to go, and it gives me a fare estimate in seconds! Definitely sharing it with my family and friends.”

Thanks for using TaxiFareFinder, Sam!

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Which is Safer, Ubers or Taxis?

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In the news we often see headlined stories about passengers who have been assaulted by their Uber and Taxi drivers. Sometimes people even report being abused more than once. With all the media that the news covers around these incidents, we wanted to see if one of these options (Taxis or Ubers) would be safer to use than the other.

Tracking Police Reports

The first step of this investigation might be to check with the records of reported assaults, and compare how many occurred in Taxis and how many in Ubers in different cities across the U.S.. However, according to this article in The Atlantic, when an incident is reported to the local police surrounding an assault in a cab or Uber, the police report does not include the location of where the offense occurred. So, police departments in major cities have no way to track historical records of assaults that have occurred in taxis or Ubers, which complicates things just a bit.

Background Checks

Now to the topic of background checks. This is a sensitive topic because of course, Uber thinks that they have more intense background checks than taxis, using the example of some drivers who failed Uber’s check but passed the city’s background check to drive a taxi. On the other hand, taxi companies believe that taxi drivers have to undergo more intense background checks than Uber drivers do, because Uber’s records only go back 7 years and they do not use fingerprints. Uber left the city of Austin just to prove that they refused to fingerprint their drivers.

The conclusion on this topic might be that no background checks are perfect, and each of them contain their flaws. And, of course, even a seemingly perfect background check may not catch a potential offender of sexual assault because the person may not have a history of criminal behavior, but humans are also flawed.

Incident Reporting

When an incident is reported in the Uber app, Uber suspends the driver’s access to the app while they are investigating the claim, which means they are not able to drive any passengers. If they find the person is guilty, Uber will deactivate the driver permanently. Taxi commissions have similar processes if a driver is accused of assault, however there is no standard procedure that all taxi drivers undergo when accused.

According to these factors, we cannot come to the conclusion that Ubers are more dangerous than Taxis, or the other way around. The fact of the matter is that assault incidences occur in both, and the best way to insure your safety while riding in an Uber or Taxi is to be aware of your surroundings, travel with a buddy, and be sure to report any incidences that may occur.

Animal Taxi Monday 7.18.16

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Gotta love lazy Mondays #AnimalTaxiMonday


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Testimonial Friday 7.15.16

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Happy #TestimonialFriday! Leah was excited to share her experience using TaxiFareFinder–

“I love using the TaxiFareFinder calculator to figure out the cost of my ride, it really helps me save money and know how much I need to budget for travel expenses! It has just become part of my routine to use the calculator before I order a cab. I like using the RideGuru calculator too that helps me compare the cost of different rideshare companies and taxis!”

Thanks for using TaxiFareFinder, Leah!

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The Ups (and Downs) of the Taxi Medallion

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Up until 2013 yellow taxis held a clear monopoly in New York City, and the value of the Medallion grew exponentially from 2009 to 2013. Credit Unions poured their money into investing in these medallions, because they were seen as a highly profitable investment.

However, as Uber entered into the market the value of the medallion took a strong hit. In 2013 yellow taxi medallions were valued at $1.32 million. Since then, the value of what used to be seen as a “golden” investment has more than cut in half. In 2016, the value of the medallion could be worth as little as $650,000!

So, what does this mean for taxi drivers? Many of them struggle to make ends meet and keep up with the competition that Uber and other rideshare companies have created with their e-hailing of cars. Some taxi drivers have switched to Uber, which could potentially offer an increased earning potential, flexible work schedule, and even improved driver safety.

The future is not looking up for the price of medallions, and for the future of the NYC taxi industry. We expect this downward trend to continue to decrease as even more rideshare companies enter into the market and pose a potential threat to those yellow taxi drivers.

Animal Taxi Monday 7.11

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How adorable is this fluffy pair! #AnimalTaxiMonday

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Testimonial Friday 7.8.16

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Testimonial-Friday-2Happy #TestimonialFriday! This week hear from Eliza about her experience using our site!

“I’m from North Shore Massachusetts so I visit the city of Boston a lot. TaxiFareFinder is helpful when I know where I need to go, but I don’t know how much a taxi will cost me! I love using the RideGuru calculator that compares the cab fare to the fares of different rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft!”

Thank you for your feedback, Eliza! Did you know we support over 1,000 cities across the world? Check us out when you’re planning your next trip!

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