By Alex Diantgikis
We’ve all been there: It’s the Friday evening before break begins. You’ve got your plane ticket, backpack, and two suitcases pulled to the curb outside of your dorm. You can’t bring all of that on the T. It’s a hassle, not to mention the space you’d take up because you’ve tried to pack away your entire closet along with you for the trip.
Begrudgingly, you waved down a taxi and crash into the backseat with all of your belongings. You don’t want to pay the ridiculously overpriced fare. Plus, you can tell the driver is intentionally taking the long route to Logan to run up the meter, but what else can you do? It’s the only option to make your flight, when you don’t have a car in Boston.
The new mobile application Split My Taxi connects college students to others in the area who are heading to the same location so they can split the cab fare. It matches students by the area of their departure, time of departure and destination. The app allows students to share taxis and save money.
With spring break coming up, many students will flock to Logan Airport to head home or off to a vacation spot for a weeklong break. Cabs will line Comm Ave in anticipation, just waiting to spot a student with a suitcase. It seems that Split My Taxi may become a useful tool for students who want to save a few bucks or to save the environment from one more cab rolling to the airport.
Whatever the reason might be, it will be interesting to see how students embrace the app. We do so much through applications: text, send pictures, social network, play games, why not use it to split a taxi?