March 24, 2022 – Uber will shortly allow for the hailing of rides with all of New York City’s 14,000 taxi cabs directly through its app. According to The Wall Street Journal, this landmark agreement is the first such citywide partnership brokered in the US.
The plan calls for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission to integrate its own taxi-hailing software with Uber. In exchange for displaying NYC’s iconic yellow cabs on its app beginning this spring, Uber will receive an unspecified cut of every fare.
For consumers, this deal means more flexibility with a greater number of vehicles to choose from. An Uber spokesperson characterized the deal as “a win/win: Taxi drivers will get more access to demand, cities will get fewer empty miles driven, and riders will have access to more ride options.”