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Supreme Court of the State of New York

New York City wants to launch a pilot program for “e-Hailing” NYC taxis. With E-hailing, you use your smartphone to virtually hail a nearby cab, then pay using a pre-stored credit card.  It’s awesome, and lots of other cities are already up and running with it.  

Unfortunately, NYC is on the brink of losing this opportunity.  A group of car service companies, in a misguided attempt to protect their own businesses at the expense of the convenience of New Yorkers and visitors alike, is suing the city to block the pilot program.

E-hailing is already part of the transportation experience in London, Dublin, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco, among others. Drivers and passengers in those towns have instantly adopted it as the new norm, and love it for its convenience the boost it gives the taxi industry. They will never look back. Without it, New Yorkers will feel like second class global citizens.

E-Hail apps like Hailo, Flywheel, and Uber have proven they will improve the livelihood of taxi drivers and the quality of life for their customers, and will do the same for New Yorkers.

Let’s not miss this opportunity.  Let’s tell NYC, the taxi industry and the courts that we want NYC’s transportation network to be world class, and that e-Hailing is a critical step on that path.

Signed,

Noel Hidalgo

This petition closed over 1 year ago

How this will help

NY State Courts will hear this case before March 19th, it is imperative we show our support for eHailing.

E-hailing sits squarely in the public interest: a single tap brings safety, convenience,...

NY State Courts will hear this case before March 19th, it is imperative we show our support for eHailing.

E-hailing sits squarely in the public interest: a single tap brings safety, convenience, accessibility, accountability, economic development, and global competitiveness. And everyone is better off as a result.

Signed,

Organizations

Individuals

  • Tom Wright, Regional Plan Association 
  • Fred Willson, Union Square Ventures
  • Noel Hidalgo, Open NY Forum
  • Andrew Rasiej, New York Tech Meetup
  • Scott Heiferman, Meetup.com
  • Chad Dickerson, Etsy
  • Clay Shirky, Author & Professor NYU
  • Scott Harrison, Charity Water
  • Jason Goldberg, Fab.com
  • Jude Gomila, Hayzap.com
  • Craig Shapiro, Collaborative Fund
  • Richard Branson, Virgin Group
  • Brian Feinstein
  • Esther Dyson
  • Matt Klein
  • Dennis Crowley, Foursquare
  • Chris Dixon
  • Neil Blumenthal, Warby Parker
  • Shakil Khan
  • Andy Dunn
  • Alexa Von Tobel, Learnvest
  • Lauren Hickman, United Cerebral Palsy
  • Toufique Harun, Huge Labs
  • Aaron Harris, Tutorspree
  • Jim Weisman, United Spinal
  • Jonathan Askin, Law Professor & Founder of Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic

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