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February 1, 2017

in New York Their is many options to choose to work for if your a driver you have yellow taxis, green cabs, gypsy cabs, and a never-ending proliferation of car hailing startups, As well as some of the big boys like Uber Car and Lyft Car.  New Yorkers have never been more spoiled in choice when it comes to catching a Taxi.

 

But not all rides are worth the hail, and startups can be notoriously glitchy. Here's a list of some of the Perks and Drawbacks with each company:

 

UBER

 

 

Price: It varies; UberX has $2.55 baseline fare and is 35 cents/minute after that; UberXL has a base of $3.85 and then costs 50 cents a minute; UberBlack has a base of $7 and is 65 cents a minute; and UberSUV has a base of $14 and a per-minute rate of 80 cents and UberPool, which matches you with another nearby rider going in the same direction so that you can split the fare. That one's $2.55 baseline and 35 cents/minute but split (the cheapest option). And from  7- 10 a.m. and 5- 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, all UberPool rides are $5 below 125th Street.

 

The lowdown: The most famous car-hailing app out there, Uber is also one of the most ubiquitous; They've gotten rafts of negative press for bad behavior on the parts of the company's founders—as well as their drivers—but that doesn't seem to have slowed them down. Even with the new news coming out with the airport fiasco they are still by far the largest ride hailing company. There are now more Ubers on the road than classic yellow cabs in NYC we have posted about that before on this blog. And an added plus for those of us who travel a lot: Uber is everywhere, and if you have the app downloaded, you can use it across the world.

The experience:  The service is hard to beat. The drivers we've had have always been efficient and polite and seemed happy with their jobs. You also cant compare sitting in a back seat of an Uber Car to a Yellow or Green Cab as its much more comfortable.

The Rating System is also great as i lit up a couple of cigarettes in the backseats of those cars with consent from the drivers, the Uber Drivers are there to please.

 

The bottom line: We'll admit that there's a reason Uber's such a juggernaut: it's fast, reliable, and convenient. 

 

Lyft:

 

Price: $2.50 baseline charge, then 35 cents a minute or $1.79 per miles. There's an $8 minimum LYFT for rides (like Uber), and occasional surge time "plus pricing" that costs $5.50 at the base, 50 cents per minute, and $2.97 per mile. Lyft also has a shared taxi option, known as Lyft Line, which is $2.50 baseline and 35 cents per minute, with a minimum of $6. 

 

The lowdown: Probably Uber's biggest competitor, Lyft works essentially the same way: download the app, see a map of nearby cars, request a ride, see a driver's name, rating, and ETA, then be on your way. Similar to Uber, your credit card is hooked up to the app, so there's no hassle with payment other than selecting the tip amount.

 

The experience: In theory, this service is mimics Uber.  In practice, though, when our tester really needed a Lyft — late at night coming out of a club in bushwick — there were never any cars available and, often, exorbitant surge pricing in place. Their not as big as Uber in NY not even close

 

The bottom line:  If you can actually track down a car, and aren't on the hunt during a surge time, this makes for a solid Uber alternative and its a little cheaper then an Uber Car as they don't spend the same amount on advertising as Uber does.

 

GETT

 

Price: The company's currently offering $10 for any ride in Manhattan south of 110th Street — a relative bargain — but if your trip rings in under that threshold, you pay the lower price. Tips can be pre-set for zero percent to 20 percent; tolls are extra. The driver waits for free for three minutes, and you'll be charged $1/min after that. An extra stop costs $5. Best yet, there's no surge pricing—ever. 

 

The lowdown: Active in 30-plus cities around the globe (Tel Aviv, London, and Moscow included), Gett, which used to go by GetTaxi, arrived in NYC in 2013, though its recent $10 deal has raised its profile lately. According to the New York Post, it has a fleet of 4,000 vehicles serving NYC.

 

The experience: The $10 pricing is enough of a lure on its own, Tracking a car down, though with about a 10-minute wait, which included a two-minute extension) is still a bit of a pain. Still, at least the app informs you beforehand how much the trip will cost.

Nonetheless, it was a pleasant trip all around: The car was clean, the driver professional (he told us that he "really liked" Gett and felt fairly compensated; on a related note, he also said Gett has decided not to cut drivers' compensation despite the $10-a-trip promotion), and the checkout process quick and easy (like Uber, the app tallies everything and charges your credit card). 

Bottom line: The service's fixed price simplifies the process (and removes the specter of surge-pricing resentment from the entire transaction). Still, it doesn't always get a car to you fast and its much slower then lyft car, and sometimes no G-cars, as they've been called, are available at all. Gett is a no-brainer; that $10 deal alone makes the service worth a try. 

 

Juno

 

Price: At press time, Juno is in beta mode in NYC, meaning a 35 percent discount for new users on all rides. There's also an $8 ride minimum, and a base fare of $2.55, plus distance and time charges after that. There are also higher-priced "Lux" and SUV options, and tipping is encouraged on all three.

The lowdown: As the newest kid on the block Juno tries  being the most customer and driver-friendly service in the game—hence their slogan, "a better ridesharing service." Their pricing is roughly comparable with Lyft and Uber, but there's no surge pricing. 

Juno Doesn't yet offer ride sharing.

Juno takes a far smaller commission than similar services, putting more money in drivers' pockets so if your driver their your best pay. (they take 10 percent, about a third of what other firms do). They also give drivers the option to own a small stake in the company. And for riders, there's a 24-hour assistance hotline, which most other ride-sharing apps don't offer.

 

The experience:  There aren't enough drivers yet on Juno, when we tried it out on a recent Saturday night, there were plenty of cars available, and our driver arrived within a few minutes. The service was professional and efficient (and the pricing roughly comparable to what we've paid for the same route on other services). Plus, at the end of your ride, Juno sends you an email "from your driver" telling you exactly how much extra money they earned since you opted for Juno in lieu of, say, Uber or Lyft, a nice little extra if your happy the driver is getting paid for a job well done (doesn't apply to bad drivers)

 

Bottom line: if you have the patience to wait and your true democrat this might be the best option for you, in my experience it was the same price as Uber and i'd rather get a car with Uber.

 

 

 

 

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