Living in NYC, I am pretty spoiled when it comes to hailing cabs. For those of you unfamiliar with the Big Apple, here are the steps required:
- Walk outside.
- Hold our your arm.
- Get in taxi.
There are no numbers to call and usually very little wait (except at rush hour and in the pouring rain.)
I have often bemoaned how difficult it is to get a taxi in smaller cities where you have to place a phone order for a cab 30-45 minutes ahead of time to guarantee a ride.
Boston is somewhere in between. Taxis aren’t as plentiful as NYC, but you should be able to get one within 10-15 minutes of your call.
But now you don’t have to call.
Boston Cab has installed a ‘text a taxi’ system. Once your cellphone number and name are in their system, you just send a text with your current location, and they text you back the number of the cab that has been dispatched.
I love this.
No more talking to surley dispatchers….or accidentally getting into the wrong cab while you are waiting. Plus, since you get a text when the cab is on its way, you don’t have to stand outside and freeze your giblets.
So, kudos to Boston for taking the leap into the 21st century with taxi texting.
(I’m sure NYC would have thought of it…if we needed it.)