New Year’s Eve is among the busiest times of the year for taxi companies, particularly during the late evening and early morning hours of January 1. In recent years, it also has been an expensive evening for customers seeking a ride from transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft, which typically charge 400% and up of normal fares during hours of peak demand. (Read more about TNC surge pricing.)
But this New Year’s Eve, Sacramentans have an easy, affordable alternative to the “surge pricing” implemented by the TNCs: Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento and e-hail provider Flywheel are teaming up to offer customers a ride anywhere in the Sacramento region for a maximum fare of just $10. Here are the details:
- In order to get the $10 maximum fare, customers must reserve and pay for their New Year’s Eve rides via Flywheel’s free, downloadable smartphone app, available at www.yellowcabsacramento.com/SurgeFreeNYE.
- The $10 maximum fare offer is available anywhere in the Sacramento area from 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 through 3 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2015.
“We’re delighted to be able to offer our Yellow Cab customers two great bargains to celebrate the New Year,” said Victor Caballero, director of operations for Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento. “The peace of mind that they won’t have to pay more than $10 for a ride during one of the busiest traffic nights of the year, and the convenience of being able to book their ride through our new partner, Flywheel.”
Flywheel is offering its #SurgeFreeNYE $10 maximum fare on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle, in addition to Sacramento. (Look for the hashtag #SurgeFreeNYE on social media for news and updates.)