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Luxurious Yet Economic Flat Rate Taxi Service To Launch By Taximobil

No one likes to ride the bus, but we do it because it's convenient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Now, an improved service has been introduced to the transportation industry that combines the benefits of public transportation with the comforts of a standard taxi service. Taximobil will be launching a flat rate taxi service that will escort people on their intercity travel for one affordable fee.

Taximobil functions like the public transportation systems available in most cities, allowing commuters to purchase their monthly cards online, or various kiosks and service spots around the city that can activate cards each month using debit or credit.

The flat rate for the month is 48 Euros, which includes unlimited travel within the city limits. They plan to open their first location in Southern Germany, and gradually expand their empire around the country. Once Taximobil's services are more prevalent, they will begin to offer travel between cities for an added cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taximobil doesn't plan on having its own fleet of vehicles; instead it will setup a borrowing service from existing transportation and busing companies within Germany. When a member calls requesting a ride, dependent upon the number of passengers requiring travel, they will select the appropriate vehicle and pay the lender hourly for its use. By using this business model, Taximobil reduces its own carrying costs, by reducing the need to pay maintenance fees on vehicles and eliminating costs relating to transport methods that are not in use.

While the service does mention that it will pick up multiple travelers en route to similar destinations, making it seem a bit more like public transportation; unlike taking the bus, there is no need to wait at designated stops, which may be a distance from home, until it comes by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This concept isn't entirely new; taxis have always offered flat rate fees for travel to major destinations, such as local airports. Many municipalities, especially in Canada have also established the "taxi-bus" service in more isolated areas where there isn't a need for standard bus routes, or on weekends and holidays when business commuters are not in need of transportation. Read more about the taxi-bus services in Quebec, Canada here. Though Taximobil operates on a similar model, it will differ from these public services by offering as many vehicles as required to minimize wait times; whereas with taxi-buses only one or two vehicles may be available to service a town or jurisdiction and it is recommended that trips are reserved at least an hour in advance, with no guarantees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commuters and travelers may not be picked up in limousines or town cars, but it's the closest the regular person will get to receiving the transportation luxuries popularized by celebrities and TV shows focused upon the socialites of New York's Upper East Side when on a budget.

Comments
Jan 8, 2009
by Anonymous

It's about time!

There are companies that allow you to rent car time, you can get a taxi, or take a bus. This is a great idea! I live close to where I work and really don't need a car for day to day activities and I do not live in a big city where there is a good bus route, subways, or other means of transport for the one day or two a week where I need to go somewhere.

Plus there are people that don't drive, either they are too old and shouldn't, they are legally blind but can still see, suffer from epilepsy, or like me, have severed the umbilical cord that hangs from the gas pump.

To be in the car rental as I need it, I have to keep a license, insurance and honestly, I save a ton of money by not driving.

If this was available in the US in my area, I would already be signed up!

Think about it...most of the time your car sits idle, how long is it on the road per day? 1 hour? 2 hours? YET you pay for coverage 24/7! The insurance companies know this. In England they have a system that 1 or 2 companies have tried out that bill you based on when you drive, how much you drive and how you drive (do you speed, accelerate fast etc.). That system, if you don't use your car much makes sense.

As the economy tightens, systems that share cars, don't charge you insurance for PD/PL when your car is sitting parked in you driveway will make more sense!

Nice article BTW...

Jan 8, 2009
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
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 Thank you! From what

 Thank you!

From what I've seen, this is definitely one of the best options out there that consider our needs today. As you mention, there are car rentals, or sharing setups as well, but this offers the best combination of services.

Certainly a system like this would work for our family. My husband drives approximately 15-30 minutes to work everyday and I work at home, so while we do only have one car, it spends most of its time in a parking lot. A bus isn't convenient, and taxis even for the distance we travel regularily are far too expensive. The bottom line, is I see a need for such a business in the North American transportation market...fingers crossed!

Beth Hodgson
Innovative Business Writer

Jan 9, 2009
by Mitt
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This needs to be in U.S.

"Those who say it cant be done, are usually interupted by others doing it."