March 2, 2018 7:29 pm

Winnipeg ridesharing: TappCar Vs. Traditional cab

TappCar officially launched in Winnipeg.

Global News

Ridesharing is officially legal in Winnipeg and Friday we put them to the test – comparing a traditional cab with one of the new ridesharing companies.

We compared the Unicity Taxi to the TappCar in terms of speed of service and price.

We called both to City Hall at lunch time, taking a trip to CF Polo Park.

The Tapp Car took about four minutes to arrive where the cab took about five and a half minutes longer, arriving after nine and a half minutes.

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Ricardo Rodrigues was the TappCar driver. He arrived in a black Nissan Rogue and inside the car, gumballs, water bottles and phone chargers.

“I can do something more for the customer,” he said. “Yesterday I bought some waters and some candies and I have a tablet with me if a customer wants to watch Netflix or YouTube.”

The cab picked up some time on the road – arriving about three minutes after the ridesharing SUV.

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But the TappCar won in terms of the price point. The ride cost $11.39 cents while the cab ride cost around two dollars more at $13.30.

On Friday, 50 TappCars were expected to be out on the street and the company is hoping to boost those numbers into the hundreds.

We also wanted to see how the ride would compare to a city bus. The bus came in significantly cheaper at $2.95 but took about an extra five minutes on the road.

Another company rolling into Winnipeg is Cowboy Taxi. Their Facebook page said the company is ready to go, but they didn’t have any drivers on the road Friday afternoon.

U2Go is also going to be launching in Winnipeg in April.

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