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It follows integration of the transport app with taxi mobility platform Curb which allows riders to get real-time estimated arrival times for the nearest taxis.
Transit, the app used by New Yorkers to navigate public transit, has added support for yellow and green taxis, following integration with taxi mobility platform Curb.
The integration with Curb marks the first time taxi services in the US have been made available as a mobility option on the Transit app. Transit users can get real-time estimated arrival times (ETAs) for the nearest taxis, plan A-to-B trips, and book taxi rides using the trip planner.
Riders can also compare taxis with a variety of other mobility options, including subways, buses, bike-share, car-share and ride-hail. They can also use the Transit+ feature to take a taxi to or from nearby subway and rail lines as part of a multi-modal trip.
Transit’s taxi integration with Curb is live in New York City, with support for other major US markets like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia launching in the coming weeks. To celebrate, riders who use Transit to ride with Curb will receive $5 off their first ride.
After a user enters their destination in Transit, the app provides a suggested route, which could combine public transit, bike-share, ride-hail, or walking.
By tapping into Curb’s mobility infrastructure and expansive network of connected taxis, the Transit app can display real-time taxi information like ETAs and upfront fares so users can more accurately compare estimated trip times and prices with other options like ride-hail.
“Integration with Transit app will make taxis more ubiquitous on the apps commuters rely on every day and allow us to provide more riders with a tried-and-tested transportation option”
To provide riders with a user experience akin to ride-sharing, Curb provides riders in New York City with upfront pricing on taxi trips, giving users the confidence of knowing ahead of time exactly what they’ll pay for a ride.
“Taxis don’t always get the credit they deserve but the last year has shown us that taxis continue to play a central role in helping commuters and essential workers navigate cities – even in the toughest of times,” said Jason Gross, vice president, mobile, Curb.
“Our integration with Transit app will make taxis more ubiquitous on the apps commuters rely on every day and allow us to provide more riders with a tried-and-tested transportation option.”
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