NYC Solicits Bids for Mobile Payment App for Cabs 

March 19, 2012

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) on Friday issued a Request for Proposals for a smartphone app that will enable passengers to pay cab fares in city cabs via a mobile device. The TLC says its focus is payment, but is also “interested” in an app that delivers other capabilities including helping travelers locate available cabs, finding lost property or accessing customer service. The app also potentially would allow for a rewards program.

The proposed contract calls for an initial term of two years followed by three additional years at the TLC’s option.   The app would be developed and implemented at no cost to the City, and would be free of charge to passengers. “However,” the commission says, “there is potential for financial returns for the developer through the collection of credit card processing fees and advertising.”

Companies interested in submitting a proposal can access the RFP package online at . The TLC also is holding an optional (but “highly recommended”) pre-proposal conference on April 6 at 11 a.m. The meeting will take place at the Commission Hearing Room, 33 Beaver Street on the19th Floor.