Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New York Taxis Just For Women!

Well men can ride in them too, but only if they're accompanied by a woman passenger. Starting Sept. 16th there will be a new taxi service, catered exclusively for women and driven by women.

This whole thing started because sometimes, women feel intimidated by male drivers, especially when taking a taxi by themselves. The women driver service will be called "SheTaxis". The idea came from Stella Mateo. She is the wife of Fernando Mateo, who started the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers.

SheTaxis will not only cater to women passengers, but it will also employ only women drivers. This will help make more jobs for females in New York! Presently, 5 percent of New York's public transportation drivers are women. To request for a SheTaxis service, it will require an app that only Apple cell phones have, but Android cell phones are supposedly going to include it as well. If all goes well, this service for women will expand to Miami, Chicago and Washington. Plans are to eventually have them in other cities, too!

What do you think about this new transportation service catered for women? Will you request a woman driver, next time you need transportation?

Source: Copyright Associated Press
Photography: Tina Fineberg for The New York Times

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