Call-A-Cab was launched August of 2013.
It was not welcomed by the local taxi companies who did not understand that talking directly to the closest cabbie (GPS Proximity) was more efficient.
May of 2014, Lyft and Uber entered the Albuquerque market and at half the taxi rates (and using GPS proximity) decimated the taxi business.
September, 2015, Call-A-Cab had enough taxis tracked to compete with Uber, but then Uber dropped UberX prices to 85 cents/mile and most of the taxi drivers had to quit.
In 2013, the revised Motor Carrier Act further decimated the taxi business, breaking up the two major companies into five, none of which are large enough to service the entire Albuquerque/Rio Rancho territory.
We created a legal form of Uber a year before Uber came to Albuquerque, but regulations and insurance law require certified taxi drivers and commercial insurance. While Uber can put 100 cars on the road at no cost, each car Call-A-Cab subscribes costs at least $1700 plus the cost of the vehicle. We are working with the insurance superintendent and insurance companies to change that so we can compete.
However, we do promote Uber and compete at the same time. Uber is 'the' way to get around town, and so cheap it is even taking riders away from the bus lines.
With UBER rates at such low prices, especially UberX, and the expense incurred by drivers using their own vehicles, PLEASE TIP if you have the resources and the driver does good work. Those cash tips make a huge difference at the end of each day.
Use the links and instructions below to download our app or bookmark our page to your phone's home screen or computer desktop for easy access whenever you need to call a cab in Albuquerque.
In the regular/default Android browser, with this page open in the regular Android browser, tap the menu key on your Android device, and then choose "Add shortcut to home screen" or "Add shortcut" (depending on version).
In Chrome for Android, tap the menu key and choose "Add to homescreen".
A shortcut with the Call-A-Cab icon will be added to your home screen (if your main screen is full already, you may have to scroll left or right to see it).
In Mobile Safari, with this page open in the browser,
These instructions apply to iOS 7, but are just about the same across all iOS versions.
Method 1: (works with Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox**, and some versions of Safari** on Mac)
** Note: Using this method in Firefox and Safari on Mac will create the shortcut, but you'll only get a generic icon instead of the Call-A-Cab icon. Chrome and Internet Explorer will give the shortcut the Call-A-Cab icon.
Method 2: (works with Chrome browser)
Using this method will create a shortcut that will launch the Call-A-Cab site in the Chrome browser in its own separate window, with its own icon.
Method 3: (works with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari)
* Note: On Linux, the exact results of these actions may depend on the particular desktop manager and distribution of Linux you are using. But the general principles will apply to most browsers and systems.
Coming soon to Google Play store!
In the meantime, you can download our .apk and install directly to your device.
Note: When downloading and installing this package from an Android device:
We hope to available in the Apple App Store before too long. In the meantime, it's quite easy to bookmark taxiabq.com to your home screen.
This Call-A-Cab desktop shortcut can be placed on the desktop for easy access to the Call-A-Cab webpage.