New company steps up to create Houston taxi app

A city-backed app consolidating Houston’s taxi drivers continues to roll.

Arro Inc. is teaming up with Houston to build a universal taxi app that connects the city’s 146 taxi companies, according to the Houston Chronicle. City Council is expected to talk about the app proposal next week at its meeting.

The Chronicle reports that no taxpayer money will go to develop or design the app. But riders are expected to pay $1.50 plus cab fare while using the app. Drivers would pay 50 cents per trip, along with 3 percent of the total cab fare for a credit processing fee.

Payment is through the app, either for rides that are hailed by the app or rides hailed “the old-school way,” according to Arro’s website.

The app is already operational in New York, Chicago and Boston.

The app is free to download and promises no surge pricing.

Jack Witthaus, Houston Business Journal


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