Uber is getting tighter with taxi companies

  • Date: 09/26/2023

When Uber launched its ride-hailing service, the company was more pariah than partner to the taxi industry. Some 12 years later, it seems to be the latter.

Uber announced Tuesday a multiyear partnership with Los Angeles Yellow Cab and its five partner taxi fleets in Southern California. Under the arrangement, taxi drivers will have access to Uber trip referrals in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. And the partnership covers a lot of ground; six taxi fleets with about 1,200 vehicles fall under the deal.

This means that a rider who uses the Uber app may have a taxi driver pick them up. The pricing is still provided in advance and riders will have an option of declining the match with a taxi.

The partnership comes a year after Uber announced pilot programs with taxi companies in New York City and San Francisco. The results were glowing enough for Uber to expand the taxi partnership to other markets.

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