RideCommand app makes Tampa Bay taxis easy and affordable

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An innovative partnership between transportation and technology is bringing low-cost upscale transportation to Tampa Bay.

The RideCommand app, along with luxury ride service Cab Plus, now makes taxi service safe and affordable for residents who want to get around town in style.    

RideCommand gives users the ability to plan both immediate and scheduled rides, by booking an “economy sedan” for long and short rides at a competitive price, while following all the regulations set under the Hillsborough County’s Public Transportation Commission.

“People want a convenient way to book a car service that also gives them flexibility when it comes to choices – RideCommand provides that positive experience,” says Alan Stapleton, founder and CEO of RideCommand.

By utilizing a “reverse bidding” process, vendors compete to offer the lowest price on a specified ride. Users simply enter an itinerary, then watch as drivers compete for business. Since an empty cab is unproductive time for taxi drivers returning from a trip, they are willing to charge users a lower price to keep their cars filled with customers.

RideCommand uses GPS location recognition for pickup, and allows riders to customize date and time for a pickup. Users can also see the final price before leaving and use secured credit card payments, so no cash is needed. They can even enter a suggested tip for the driver.

“Adding Cab Plus to our RideCommand app creates an innovative collaboration between a new technology and a local company with a proven track record in the market,” Stapleton says. “This means Tampa Bay riders will gain access to the latest technology for booking cars, but won’t have to sacrifice safety or other options like cost and vehicle choice.”

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” he adds.

According to Cab Plus owner and CEO Brook Negusei, the app’s arrival in the Tampa Bay market encourages an open marketplace, more options in transportation and friendly competition.

“RideCommand’s app is meeting a significant need in Tampa Bay,” says Negusei. “Our partnership with RideCommand gives people the ability to connect with our affordable sedan service from their phones in a matter of seconds.”

“This functionality is valuable for both Tampa Bay locals and visiting tourists seeking reliable and affordable transportation alternatives,” Negusei adds.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.