Finding a cab in the city may soon get easier for San Francisco residents and visitors to the city. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation, which oversees taxi services in the city, is working on developing an application to help make it easier for people to find a cab.
Finding a cab in the city may soon get easier. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation, which oversees taxi services in the city, is working on developing an application to get a cab.
The app is one of several solutions being examined to improve taxi service in the city. Supervisor Scott Wiener has called on officials at the transit agency to provide a layout on how the transit agency plans to deal with taxi complaints such as not being able to get a cab in certain neighborhoods.
“This is a critical component in having a true transit-first city,” said Wiener. He described taxi service as “not adequate” and said residents dismiss the option of getting cab because they can never get one.
An app is already available for iPhone users called Cabulous , which was developed through the Best Buy entrepreneurship program in 2008. App users can find the closest cab using GPS technology and “hail” the cab to come pick them up. The driver has two minutes to accept the passenger. If the driver declines, app users can call upon another cab that is available on a city map.
Cabulous has partnered with seven cab companies, but the transit agency is looking to create a centralized app. The transit agency lists 32 taxicab companies  on its website.
Christiane Hayashi, deputy director of taxi services,said the agency is considering participating in a hackathon later this month with the California College of the Arts in developing the app, as suggested by the mayor's office.
Besides the app, Hayashi said the agen