Posted 1 year ago
Posted 1 year ago

Credit Cards and Cabs

Being able to pay with a credit card for the cab in NYC is keeping the yellow cab industry from taking a significant financial hit during the corporate travel downturn.

Posted 1 year ago

staff:

In a few days a variety of amazing people will be doing things in ways faster, higher, and stronger than you could even imagine. While you have our undying jealously if you’re actually going to the London Olympic Games (you can make us feel better by sending us your extra tickets), we have a close second: Follow the Games on Tumblr!

Some highlights from the many cool things happening over the next few weeks:

  • The London Olympic Committee will provide an exclusive behind-the-scences look to the London Olympic Opening Ceremony. Follow their Ceremonies Explorer Tumblr to get exclusive photographs, videos, illustrations and articles about the Opening Ceremonies as they unfold, starting at 1900 hours GMT this Friday; tune back in to see more exclusive posts for the Closing Ceremony and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Paralympic Games.

  • The International Olympic Committee will feature four great Tumblrs during the games: The official Olympics Tumblr photo blog; Faces Of Olympians, a Tumblr in which fans show their best “Olympic faces”; Olympic Fashion; and Olympic Moments, featuring the best images from Getty Images photographers at the Games.

Enjoy, and may the odds be ever in your country’s favor.

(Source: new)

Posted 1 year ago

Cab Fares raises, the city is getting more and more expensive.

Living in the city is getting more and more expensive.  Rumors from this spring that cab fares are increasing for the first time in six years are confirmed.  We received an email from the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission early this morning and this is how specifically the cab fares are going to change:

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) hereby announces the following industry information specific to the increase in metered rate of fare for all medallion taxicabs, approved July 12, 2012.

New taxicab rate of fare.

As of 12:01 a.m. on September 4, 2012, medallion taxicabs are authorized to charge the following rates of fare:

Metered trips in New York City

  • $2.50 initial charge (first 1/5 mile);
  • $0.50 MTA tax;
  • $0.50 per each additional 1/5 mile;
  • $0.50 per 60 seconds in stopped or slow traffic;
  • $1.00 surcharge from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, excluding holidays;
  • $0.50 night surcharge from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.

Trips to/from JFK International Airport and Manhattan

  • $52.00, plus any tolls and/or tip;
  • the $0.50 night surcharge shall not be added to this flat rate;
  • the $1.00 peak surcharge shall not be added to this flat rate;
  • the $0.50 MTA tax SHALL be added to this flat rate.

Trips to Newark Airport

  • the amount shown on the taximeter plus a surcharge of $17.50; and
  • all necessary tolls to and from the destination.
Situation like this, is this time to find other ways to achieve your daily commutes?



Posted 1 year ago

Travelling quote of today:
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Posted 1 year ago

It’s 100F out today in NYC.

Posted 1 year ago

Traveling quote of today:

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Posted 1 year ago

You know, this is why I say owning a car in NYC doesn’t make sense.

Posted 1 year ago
Posted 1 year ago

Yeah, we get that a lot…

sam-scstudyabroad:

There are few things in life that have made me more stressed out than trying to find cheap car service to Boston Logan Airport.

Posted 1 year ago
Posted 1 year ago

Taxi availability signs

The availability signs are the most recent topic of discussion for changes in NYC yellow cabs.  The TLC is discussing changing the only thing in a yellow cab that has not yet been changed, updated, and redesigned.

There are several options:

  • Single beacon - When the light is ON, the cab is available.  If it’s OFF, then it’s not.
  • Green/Red - Green light indicates that the cab is available, and Red if it’s not.

Although the talks are just beginning, this really complements the Bloomberg administration’s focus on renewing and redefining the taxi and limousine industry in New York.  Pretty much only one thing left is the availability sign after adding GPS, Television screens, and even changing the cars.

Read a detailed article on NY Times.

Click here to take our survey.

Posted 1 year ago

How many limos does the U.S. government use?

By 2010, the U.S. government owned 412 limos, according to the Government Services Administration, which the Center for Public Integrity reported was a 73-percent increase from 2008.

Posted 1 year ago

FREE TRIPS, you say…. Where do I sign up?!?

Every day, vehive.com will be paying for someone’s trip.  Every day.  

All you need to do is like us on Facebook and make your trip reservations for ground transporataion on vehive.com.  So if you’re going to the airport, a business meeting, a date, or just a night out we’ll pay for your trip.  

Like us on Facebook, reserve a trip, and we pay for it.  Simple.

Who knows, you may get luckier than you thought.

Safe and happy travels.

Bg-logo

 

Posted 1 year ago

Vehive Launches Ground Transportation Mobile Apps for Android and iPhone

We sent out a formal press release today to announce to the world that we have arrived.  Check it out.  Or if you are in a rush and just want the apps, see the links below.

I belive congratulations are in order, so please congratulate us.

NEW YORK, NY - June 13th, 2012 - Vehive is an innovative e-commerce internet start-up that focuses on the ground transportation industry. Vehive provides an open and transparent marketplace for consumers looking to secure ground transportation across the nation accessible via the Web or a smartphone.  Travelers can compare travel options from local and nationwide transportation providers by price, reputation, availability, and level of service.  The marketplace empowers corporate and individual travelers to get a car at a competitive price.

Max Belenitsky, CEO of Vehive, explains, “The ground transportation industry is extremely fragmented and travelers don’t have a good source of reliable information or real-time access to pricing and availability.  Vehive is the answer to the travelers’ problem.”

Vehive differentiates itself from competitors by allowing travelers to pick from local and nationwide providers, different vehicle types, and by enabling travelers to arrange immediate pickups or future engagements.

“In today’s economy, every single person traveling for pleasure or business is looking for a fiscally sound and secure way to reserve ground transportation.  Vehive’s users are going to client meetings, to or from the airport or hotels for work or pleasure, or simply going for drinks to a local bar with friends.”  Vehive provides travelers the ability to locate reserve and manage car reservations online or on their smart phones go whenever they want. 

Vehive is submitting a response to the request for proposal (RFP) to the New York Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) later this month to develop a smart phone solution for Yellow Cabs.  The proposed application will include features like street hails, cash-less payments, ride sharing, customer feedback, and lost & found.  If Vehive is selected travelers will have the luxury of being able to hail a yellow taxi, or reserve a livery cab or a corporate car using the same application or website, anywhere in New York City, any season, any weather, and at any time.

In recent months, Vehive has signed agreements with top-tier nationwide corporate limousine companies and hundreds of local providers to join the network and is bringing them online over the next month. Travelers will be able to find the transportation they are looking for at competitive rates with Vehive’s diverse network of fleets.

Interested travelers can visit vehive.com or find the Vehive mobile apps for download at the iPhone App Store and Google Play Store. Companies seeking an enterprise solution to manage their ground transportation needs should email corp@vehive.com. Limousine fleets and bases interested in a joining the Vehive network or a white label solution should email fleets@vehive.com.

Download Links:

iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vehive/id533349137

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textacab.vehive