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The move is sure to upset the incumbent taxi industry, which continues to fight car service startups in the New York markets. However, it will be insightful to see whether the fare drop results in increased users.
Uber Technologies Inc., the car- sharing service that lets people order transportation via a smartphone, is temporarily cutting fares on its taxi-like option to step up competition with New York City cab services.
The San Francisco-based startup reduced fares by 20 percent in New York for its UberX service, making it cheaper than a city taxi, the company said today on its website. The lower prices will be in place for an unspecified limited time.
Uber, which last month raised $1.2 billion at a valuation of about $17 billion, has faced regulatory hurdles around safety concerns and protests by taxi drivers’ lobbies in the U.S. and abroad. Traditional cab drivers worldwide say they are bound by rules that don’t apply to Uber’s smartphone-based service, putting them at a disadvantage.
The startup said an UberX ride from New York’s Grand Central Station to the Financial District would cost $22 under the new fares, compared with $24 for a city taxi.
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