A new pilot program that will let New Yorkers save money by sharing cab rides begins this Friday.
The taxis will follow three preset routes and have designated start and drop-off locations. Up to four passengers will be able to share a ride, with each paying a fare between $3 and $4.
Each of the routes will include stops along Park Avenue. One will begin at West 57th Street and Eighth Avenue, another at West 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue, and the third at East 72nd Street and Third Avenue.
The specially marked cabs will only operate on weekdays during the morning rush, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Fares can be paid with a credit card or cash. The city suggests paying the fare before the ride begins, to avoid any delays.
Taxi and Limousine Commission officials say staff members will be at the start and drop-off spots to assist riders when the program gets underway.