SplitACab.com Launches Beta Taxicab Sharing Site for Manhattan

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SplitACab.com is a Google Maps (TM) mashup allowing travelers to share cabs to one of Manhattan's nearby airports.

SplitACab.com today launched its Google Maps ™ mashup for New York City at http://www.splitacab.com. SplitACab helps link travelers for a shared cab ride out of Manhattan to one of the local airports: La Guaradia, JFK, or Newark. A "mashup" refers to a web site integrated with Google Maps . (SplitACab is not authorized or endorsed by Google in any way.) You can search on the map for others leaving from the same location.

"It's a great and easy to use free service," said John Winiarski, who was inspired by his old ride share commute in the Bay Area. "You have the option to take buses, airport shuttles, or the subway to the airport but it's awkward with luggage, involves transfers, and in the case of buses and shuttles, it doesn't really save much time or money."

A native of Atlanta and former resident of Los Angeles and the San Franscisco Bay Area, John Winiarski has enjoyed living without a car in Manhattan over the last two years, except, of course, when it came time to go to the airport. "A taxi to La Guardia, JFK, or Newark can cost forty to eighty dollars or more! There are a hundred million people that travel through New York airports each year. At any given time exists a parade of eight cylinder cabs delivering, in many cases, a single passenger to the airport. I think it's just crazy given our current environmental situation."

"When I lived in San Francisco I enjoyed being part of the ride share community where complete strangers would come together to cross over the bay bridge in an effort to save time, money and the environment. I want to initiate a socially responsible conservation effort in what I believe is the greatest city in the world." continued John. "And it wouldn't hurt to save some money along the way."

John Winiarski
(818) 317-9398

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