PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Limousine recently began offering limousine rides for as low as $5 per person in its 10-passenger Lincoln Town Cars in order to discourage people from driving under the influence.
The service makes up the short trip by setting a fare minimum and relying on volume. According to owners Bryan Hosbach and Robert Francis, the service transports between 100 and 200 people on a good night and has regular customers. The city only has six taxi companies serving the area, according to the state Public Utility Commission. In order to avoid poaching business from those companies, Pittsburgh Limousine requires its riders to book the service at least two hours in advance and does not offer service to the airport. Despite those measures, one of the dominant cab companies in the area says it plans on filing a complaint against the service, claiming that it “erodes the taxi market.”
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review