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Highly Rated Ridesharing Service Sidecar Arrives in Tacoma

By Erik Bjornson

 

 

 

 

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Sidecar in Proctor

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Sidecar on 6th Avenue by Bluebeard Coffee.

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It took over a year. However, it is now confirmed that ridesharing service Sidecar has arrived in Tacoma.  Sidecar is currently available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C.  Sidecar is in 20 or more cities around from Shoreline all of the way down to Lakewood.

Of the great many ways to travel, different people are going to have various  preferences at different times.   However, in a Wall Street Journal report, Sidecar did extremely well when set against other ridesharing services and traditional taxis:
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The one app that stood out as a winner is Sidecar. Not only did it cost, on average, about 10% less than the taxi, but it gave us more of a feeling of control. That’s because Sidecar turned its ride-placing software into a marketplace in February. Drivers name their price and riders choose who will pick them up.

As kooky as they sound at first, these apps do simplify the process of getting a ride. Rather than hailing a cab or calling a taxi dispatcher, you launch an app. Your phone tells the service where you are and shows you the nearest potential rides on a map with little car icons crawling around the screen like gerbils.

As your ride comes to pick you up, you can watch its avatar scamper across the map—offering a level of assurance and ETA I’ve never had from traditional taxi companies. With all the services, you use a credit card through the app—no swiping or fumbling for cash.

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Here is a chart from the article:

 

 

 

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How will Sidecar fare against Lyft and other Taxi services in Tacoma?  Unknown.  
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However, the more choices Tacomans have to get around the better.

 

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To start to use Sidecar, download the app here on your smartphone
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Reference:

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Councilmember Ryan Mello Speaks in Support of Ridesharing Services Uber and Lyft on KIRO Radio

published March 20th, 2014

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