PITTSBURGH (AP) _ In response to the success of ride sharing companies nationwide, Yellow Cab of Pittsburgh has rolled out its new 125-car fleet of zTrip cars as part of a roughly $5 million re-brand.
President Jamie Campolongo says Pittsburgh Transportation Group is scaling back traditional cab service in favor of the app-driven zTrip, which parent company Transdev launched in April 2015.
The main difference is that Yellow Cab drivers are now independent contractors, trading no benefits in exchange for flexible hours.
Campolongo says Yellow Cab entered the new market _ despite being labeled “turncoats” by transportation peers _ out of fear of becoming obsolete. Local officials compared the change to that of self-pumping gas stations.
Pittsburgh joins Denver, Phoenix, Tampa, Orlando and the Kansas City area as cities featuring the zTrip service.