An E-Hailing Debate

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The push to introduce e-hailing for New York City cabs has a new challenge. 

Five days after the Taxi and Limousine Commission selected Uber Technologies to make the e-hailing app and one day after the service went live, an appellate judge has agreed to block it temporarily. A panel of judges is expected to consider the case later this month.

Just before this latest turn in the e-hail saga, WNYC's Amy Eddings spoke with NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan and Traffic Reporter Jamie Shupak, who've been debating the pros and cons of ending an iconic part of New York City street life - hailing a taxi.

“There are all these traditions about where you stand, how you raise your hand and if you can’t find a cab, where you go to get ahead of the other people who might be standing on your corner,” Kiernan said. “So there’s a lot of cab hailing tactics that would be rendered useless if this e-hail thing really caught on.”

To hear a full interview with Pat Kiernan and Jamie Shupak, click the audio link above.


Pat Kiernan and Jamie Shupak

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joe from NYC

E-hailing is a bad idea for yellow taxis. Years ago we had an anolog to e-hailing called phone hailing. Some yellow cabs where "radio cabs," and were dispatched by a central office that you called on the phone. Companies such as LOMTO and UTOG where radio cab co-ops. There are no more radio cabs, because with the advent of phone hailing no one could "hand hail" a cab off the streets. All cabs became radio cabs, effectively ending street hails. E-hailing is the same darn thing.

May. 02 2013 08:49 AM

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