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AMERICA'S BEST ROADS

Posted by SEABreeze Transport on February 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Tail Of The Dragon, North Carolina/Tennessee  : There is a reason the road is called "Tail of the Dragon". From a purely statistical approach, this fourteen mile stretch of road that starts out in Cheoah Dam in North Carolina and slithers along to the Tabcat Creek Bridge in Tennessee is considered to have more wrecks and deaths than any other road throughout the US. There have been so many accidents that there's actually a Tree of Shame that displays the remnants of the motorcycles and auto parts that have given themselves over to the asphalt jaws of this cunning serpent. And the look from above is exactly the image of it's name.


Don't Be This Customer

Posted by SEABreeze Transport on November 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

DON'T BE THIS...

 

Everyday is a new adventure in my world. I meet all types of personalities, some good- some not so. The one's I really aggravate over are the bossy and mean ones. Bossy- bad enough. Mean- one in every crowd. Put together and you have the perfect storm for mis-communication, intolerance, and bad feelings. My job is to know the city good enough to get you where you'd like to be. I am willing to offer conversation or silence, your choice. I'll assist with your bags and adjust the seating as needed for your group. What I won't do is be your whipping post.

 

Please remember that cab drivers are only human. We wake up on the wrong side of the bed likely as often as you. We do our best to leave things at home and just get out and do the job but there are times when we don't succeed. So in order to minimize the chance of a bad ride don't be that passenger. Tell me where you need to go. If I'm not familiar with it, I'll ask where it is. If I do know it , I still generally verify it by saying the neighborhood I am thinking about. Please, don't get in and proceed to tell me to go... and then give me turn by turn directions. If you have a specific route you'd like taken, I can do that. Just tell me up front about your preferences. I don't come to your work place and tell you how to get the job done. My cab is my work place. So, please don't do it to me.

 

If you keep this message in mind whenever you travel by taxi, I assure you your ride will go over in a more pleasant manner. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Simple.

TAXI APPS FACE OPPOSITION

Posted by SEABreeze Transport on November 8, 2012 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

October 24, 2012 1:33 pm by Ed Perkins, Smarter Travel

 

 

 

 


You're outside a restaurant, want a cab to your hotel, but spot no cabs in the area. So you get out your smartphone, call up a taxi app, and the system tells a participating cab where you are. Your cab will arrive "within minutes," say the proponents; you pay by a stored credit card, including tip. That sounds like a great idea, doesn't it? Unfortunately, some industry pioneers have faced unwelcome opposition from entrenched interests. The country's best "taxi town," New York City, temporarily seems to be off limits, so Boston is the current target, where two different outfits are ramping up operations—and you may see other cities soon.

Uber was the pioneer in this niche. It started its "beta" test in New York City earlier this year but had to pull out of the market after a short six-week run. Why? The reasons aren't totally clear.

Proponents blame the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission's red tape, with rules that prohibit regular "yellow" cabs from accepting pre-arranged rides, even if those rides are pre-arranged minutes in advance. Also, the service was in violation of existing exclusive contracts with card payment processors.

Other reports, however, say that the real problem is that not enough drivers signed up for the system to make it work properly—allegedly due to pressure from the Taxi Commission.

According to press reports, the city administration wants to clear the way for more high-tech apps, so the restricting rules may be lifted early next year. Meanwhile, Uber still operates, but only for customers calling more expensive black car "limousines" rather than metered cabs. Uber hasn't given up, and it's mounting an operation in Boston.

Uber isn't alone in Boston: A British-based operator, Hailo, is also launching in Boston, and it says that it has already obtained the required city permissions. Hailo is already operating in Dublin, London, and Toronto, and is planning for Chicago and New York City—when it can. And San Francisco seems to be on both companies' short lists.

Unfortunately, expansion apparently won't be easy. Regardless of how well the customers might like the idea, it requires special equipment in participating cabs, and thus doesn't work unless enough cabs sign up. And some entrenched interests are fighting the idea, so expansion may be slow.

As far as I can tell, the two systems work in the same way. Free apps are available for both iPhone and Android.

Fortunately, several other U.S. cities have been more welcoming. Taxi Magic (its URL refers to its former name) operates in more than 40 major U.S. cities, where it has a contract with at least one large cab company. And My Taxi, operating in Washington, D.C., (as well as in 30 European cities), provides a similar calling system.

System operators claim that beyond just the convenience, they improve the overall experience and provide the added security of fully vetted drivers. Also, they can provide fare estimates (although not actual prices) and let you track your cab before it arrives and as you ride.

The main problems users report are that (1) they couldn't get their system to work and (2) often, after they call a cab, they see several empties go by before their reserved cab arrives. Clearly, the problem of getting a system to work is undoubtedly solvable, and if you're in an area with lots of available cabs, you may be better off just hailing one. However, if you've ever come out of a restaurant or theater and found no available cabs, having this app could be a lifesaver. Signing up is free: you might as well give it a try.

Ed Perkins Seniors on the Go is copyright (c) 2012 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

 

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