New Cab Service Coming to Pittsburgh

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Visitors want more cab service in the Golden Triangle and other Pittsburgh neighborhoods, leaders say.

Pittsburgh Transportation Group says it has an answer, with its new City Cabs.

Starting today, distinctive black-and-white taxis from the Manchester-based company will serve Downtown, Mt. Washington, South Side, North Shore and Oakland, said Jerry Campolongo, director of the Yellow Cab Co., which is a part of Pittsburgh Transportation Group. The company offers taxi, limousine, airport shuttle and charter bus services.

"It's absolutely a good thing, especially for out-of-towners," said Michael Mitcham, manager of the Primanti Bros. restaurant in Market Square.

Mitcham said customers always are asking about cab rides, but it takes so long that restaurant employees typically direct people to taxi stands at either the Wyndham Grand hotel near Point State Park or the Renaissance Hotel on Sixth Street.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will join company officials at Market Square at 10 a.m. today to announce the service.

"We're trying to get people who are living Downtown some cab service," Campolongo said.

Brooke Fornalczyk, a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, said it would take time to gauge demand for the cab service. …