A DC Taxi Day (though not an Envirotaxi) by Wayan
Apparently, getting a cab in DC is as easy as Twittering to @taxinow (aka EnviroRide.net taxis) your start and finish destinations, and they’ll route you a cab. For those of us who absolutely hate using the phone to talk to cab companies, this seems like a really straightforward way to get from point A to point B without having to call ahead.
Sure you might want to give it a little bit of time to get there, but this sounds vastly preferable to calling the call center, to me.
This seriously seems like it involves quite a bit of trust. There’s absolutely no acknowledgment that they’ve received your request, nor any way of letting you know when the cab is there? Unless you want to Twitter them your phone number, and there is no way I’m doing that.
Yeah, this would involve a leap of faith, but I would bet money they push it hard to develop a model. I imagine a transaction that works like this:
I (tbridge) send an @ message to @taxinow: “Need a cab at 9th and E Northwest near FBI building to Georgetown (31st & M)”
@taxinow responds back via direct or @ reply: “@tbridge roger that. will d msg with ETA shortly.”
I’d then receive a direct message from @taxinow: “You’re looking for Cab #427, Civic Hybrid. See you at FBI side of 9th Street. Driver ETA: 10 minutes”
It could be done.
I think you’d have to rely on sending your phone number…and Jasmine, if you’ve ever ordered car service to your home/biz you’ve given your phone number so that’s not a big leap of faith IMHO.
Thanks for mentioning us
Jasmine, we will need a phone number but you can Direct Message it as well as the address. I posted the instructions on how to use @TaxiNow: on http://www.twaxi.com