If you’ve noticed fewer and fewer yellow taxis in the streets, it’s because Yellow Cab is no longer in Pensacola, having been bought out by the ride-hailing/taxi hybrid company zTrip in September.
zTrip-branded silver vans and sedans have replaced the big, yellow cabs in Pensacola as part of the Kansas City-based transportation company’s expansion into 19 cities across the U.S. since forming in 2015.
You can hail zTrips from the street just like you could a cab, but you can also request or schedule rides on their mobile app, and book rides on the company’s website with an account.
The Kansas City-based zTrip transportation company bought out Yellow Cab in September 2018.
The Kansas City-based zTrip transportation company bought out Yellow Cab in September 2018. (Photo: Courtesy of zTrip)
“We believe we’re a better alternative,” zTrip CEO Bill George said in a phone interview with the News Journal Thursday, comparing his company to Uber and Lyft. “We have all the things people love about the new services, as well as all the things that were beneficial on a taxi cab.”
One of zTrip’s marketing slogans, appearing prominently on the zTrip Pensacola’s Facebook page, is the question, “Not feeling that whole surge pricing thing?”
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Prices never surge on zTrip under any circumstances, George said. He mentioned the “favorite driver” option as another perk unique to his company that sets zTrip apart from Uber and Lyft.
“So you can use the app and say, ‘OK, my favorite driver is nine minutes away, and the closest driver is three minutes away, so you make a decision,” George said.
zTrip payments can be made either by credit card through the app, credit card in the vehicle or cash. zTrip also offers direct charge accounts. George said an average 10-minute trip on an ordinary day may cost a couple dollars more with zTrip as opposed to Uber and Lyft, but he believes that balances out with the absence of surge prices.
zTrip inherited a fleet of 80 drivers during the buyout and retained nearly all of them, letting go just a handful with repeatedly negative customer service records. Since the change in September, zTrip has increased its fleet by 20 drivers and is looking to add about 10 per month going forward, according to zTrip Director of Marketing Natalie Parra.
zTrip is active in upper-mid sized cities like Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Jacksonville and Kansas City. George said market research proved Pensacola to be a great business target.
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“I love the market,” George said. “You’ve got a good mix, in terms of demographic, all across the board, from retirees to college students. The town itself has been very welcoming, we’ve had great experiences with Escambia County. In my opinion, it’s a hidden gem.”
zTrip drivers are heavily vetted by the company to include fingerprint and criminal background checks. Beyond that, George said zTrip drivers spend “hours” with management so the company knows what kind of people are getting behind the wheels of their vehicles.
zTrip’s mobile app is pictured to illustrate its layout and design.
zTrip’s mobile app is pictured to illustrate its layout and design. (Photo: Courtesy of zTrip)
“You see people’s profiles online sometimes, and it’s a lot different when you see them in person,” George said. “So it’s a different type of service.”
George mentioned zTrip as a safe option for parents choosing to have their kids picked up after school.
“With our service, you can meet our driver ahead of time, get their direct cell phone number and say, ‘OK, you’re going to pick my son up and Monday, Wednesday and Friday at this time,'” George said. “So you’re not asking your child to figure out which driver each time to create, maybe, a dangerous situation. With ours, they know the driver, the driver’s met the parents and the driver can be tracked on the app or called directly.”
zTrip is licensed to serve Santa Rosa County as well, George said.
You can apply to drive with the company on its national website under the “Drive with zTrip tab.”
The company is working on a localized recruiting website and said it does currently need drivers. For now, those interested are encouraged to send a message to zTrip on their Pensacola Facebook page or visit them to apply in person at their 3434 North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive location.
Jake Newby can be reached at email@example.com or 850-435-8538.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s oldest cab company is making a big change to try to take back some of the business that’s shifted to ride-sharing services over the last few years.
The old “Yellow-Checker Cab” company was recently bought out by a new owner that’s renamed the taxi business “zTrip.”
The new owners are positioning themselves as a so-called “better choice” by combing elements of traditional taxicab services with those of ride-share services.
“We like to bill ourselves as the perfect hybrid between a rideshare vehicle and a taxi cab,” said Bill George, President and CEO of zTrip.
Over the last few months, George’s company has been buying up old taxi businesses across the U.S., including Yellow-Checker Cab in Albuquerque. So far, zTrip is now in 19 U.S. cities across states like Colorado, Texas, Kansas and Florida.
“We saw what the fleets were in Albuquerque,” said George. “There was a lack of an investment, there was a lack of investment in technology in the vehicles.”
An old fleet of cars is just one of the reasons some people say they’ve turned away from traditional cab services in recent years.
“They’re a little sketchy, smelly,” Albuquerque resident Jennifer told KRQE News 13 Wednesday when asked about her thoughts on old cab services.
Others have complained about the comfort and price of old cabs.
“It’s just charging you while you’re at a red light, so the meters going up,” said Jessica of old-style cab service.
Meanwhile, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have taken off in popularity in the metro area. Those services hire local drivers to use their own private cars to give rides. With Uber and Lyft, customers can only get a ride through their use of a smartphone app.
CEO Bill George says zTrip is different than ride sharing.
“We want to be a better choice from the safety aspect, from the insurance aspect,” said George.
The company says it screens and hires all zTrip drivers. The company also owns the entire fleet of cars used for rides, including handicap accessible vehicles.
To compete with on-demand ride-sharing services, George says zTrip also has an app that works just like Uber or Lyft’s. George says their pricing is comparable too, with no surge pricing as is commonly seen with ride-sharing services.
People can also call zTrip directly to book a ride, or hail a driver from the side of the street.
“Here’s what a taxicab does really well, here’s what a rideshare does really well, what if we bridged that gap and put both of them together?” said George.
Albuquerque is zTrip’s first service area in New Mexico, but the company says it’s still looking to expand.
By: Chris McKee
Posted: Dec 13, 2018 10:25 PM MST
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new taxi service named zTrip has acquired Yellow Cab’s New Mexico license.
According to a news release from zTrip, the company has launched a fleet of 20 sedans and 20 minivans in Albuquerque.
Bill George, CEO of WHC Worldwide/zTrip, said five more wheelchair accessible vehicles will be available in the next year.
“Albuquerque’s size was a big factor in our decision to move here,” George said in a phone interview. “We saw the market and felt it was under served.”
George said zTrip is a hybrid between a taxi and ride share service, with the safety of having a licensed, insured driver.
“We also offer a set fare that doesn’t change at 2 a.m. or 2 p.m., good weather or bad,” he said.
The zTrip app service allows immediate or future bookings, with the option of picking the driver. Cutomers can pay with cash, credit card or through the app.
George declined to say how much zTrip paid for Yellow Cab.
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Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 4:09pm
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Albuquerque, NM, December 07, 2018 –(PR.com)– Albuquerque’s Iconic Yellow Cab Sold – zTrip Launches New Taxi Fleet. zTrip announces fleet launch in Albuquerque – providing the safety of a taxi with the ease of on-demand service.
zTrip, a new innovative taxi service, has acquired Yellow Cab’s New Mexico taxicab operating authority. zTrip will launch with a new fleet of 40 sedans and minivans in the Albuquerque market today.
“Our mission is to use mobility to enhance the lives of our customers, driver partners and employees,” said Bill George, President of zTrip. zTrip combines the trust and safety of a taxi service, with the ease and speed of an on-demand car service, providing benefits not available from any other competing “Car Hailing” service in the area. Albuquerque’s residents and visitors now have a safe and comfortable alternative to traditional taxicabs and the new rideshare apps.
“We are excited to introduce zTrip to the Albuquerque market. zTrip was designed to combine the best features of the new e-hailing transportation services, along with the safety and security of licensed and inspected taxicabs. We are committed to providing every traveler with a new level of personal transportation service,” said George.
zTrip stands out from the competition, providing features like:
· The zTrip app allows you to book trips for now or later.
· No surge pricing: The same low price every time, whether it’s 2 p.m. or 2 a.m.
· Professional and licensed drivers with full fingerprint background checks: You don’t have to worry about who is driving you home.
· 24/7 live customer service: You can talk to a live support team member anytime
· zTrip also provides hotels, hospitals, bars, restaurants and other high-volume users with a “zTrip Butler” that allows customers to summon a cab with the press of a single button.
In January 2019 zTrip will also launch an ADA option for a wheelchair taxi service at the same low price. “This is a real game changer for the disabled community in the Albuquerque area,” said, George. “We are proud to be the only “ride app” to include wheelchair transportation in its service offerings.
Additional features of zTrip include:
· Choose if you want to pay cash or credit card or through the app – No other service provides this flexibility.
· Freedom to choose your favorite driver – Get reliable service the first time, and every time
· Choose different vehicle types. Sedan or Van
To celebrate zTrip’s launch in Albuquerque, new users can download the promo code ABQzTrip for $10 in zTrip ride credits through December 31st. Download the zTrip app in the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores.
zTrip launched in 2016 and is now available in 19 U.S. cities with a fleet of more than 3,500 vehicles. WHC Worldwide is the zTrip affiliate in Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, and New Mexico.
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