Chicago Taxis Aim to Counter Ride-Hailing Industry with Apps

February 12, 2016

Chicago’s taxicab industry has rolled out two official ride-hailing apps to compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft.

The department that regulates Chicago’s taxi industry announced a marketing campaign to publicize the apps, Arro and Curb.

The city chose the two companies because their app features include estimated wait times and fares and secure payment options. The city’s entire taxi fleet is required to use one of the two apps.

Curb has partnered with cab companies in 60 cities around the country. Arro is also used in New York.

Both companies emphasize their Chicago drivers are professional cabbies screened, licensed and regulated by the city.

The traditional taxi industry has complained that private drivers on other apps are not subject to the same regulations and fees.

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  • February 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm
    ryan says:
    Screw the taxis. They freely gouged customers and provided shitty service for decades. They deserve to die for failing to evolve.
  • February 15, 2016 at 10:55 am
    UW Supreme says:
    This would have actually been the appropriate response by the taxi industry when the competition originally shredded their monopoly on public livery. Instead, they pissed and ... read more
  • February 12, 2016 at 2:21 pm
    Richard Tovar says:
    Finally a reasonable response from the tax industry.
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