Taxi riders could trade privacy for savings under ride sharing plans being unveiled Thursday by city officials. The Taxi and Limousine Commission will outline at its meeting Thursday a pilot program that would establish six group-ride routes with passengers paying $3 or $4 per trip. Each passenger could save up to 65% depending on how far they travel, TLC officials said. Three of the routes go from the major transit hubs – Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station and the Port Authority bus terminal – to 59th St. and Sixth Ave. The other routes are to Park Ave./42nd St. from separate starting points: W 57th St/8th Ave; E 72nd St/Third Ave, or W 72nd St./Columbus Ave. The group-ride routes would operate one way during the morning rush hours, officials said. Passengers could get off anywhere along the trip. Taxi drivers would decide the best combination of streets and avenues to take from the pickup location to the end point. Another proposed pilot program would have up to 1,000 cabs marked as “sharecabs.” A cabbie with a passenger would be allowed to pick up another passenger along the way. The meter would be programmed to calculate multiple fares at once while offering… Read full this story
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