Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to create a fleet of hybrid taxicabs may have taken a hit by the courts, but there is another way to make cabs more efficient: get more people into one cab.
In that vein, a new company named CabEasy seeks to make cab sharing easier for New Yorkers. On their Web site, users can find other riders going in the same direction they are going, and also find out how much CO2 emissions they will save by sharing a taxi.
Riders using a taxi stand on York Ave. in the Upper East Side can take advantage of the only group ride program in the city, which was launched in 1987. If they are traveling to Wall Street, each rider pays $3.50.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission has periodically suggested expanding this program over the years.
We already have these in Queens. They're called dollar vans...
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