Orlando Uber and taxi riders will have to wait a little bit longer for the launch of UberTaxi.
The option, which allows riders to hail a cab from the Uber app, was supposed to be up and running by the end of 2018 thanks to a new partnership between the ride-sharing app and Mears Transportation, one of the Southeast United States’ largest taxi companies.
But limited personnel and a busy holiday season has pushed the launch into January 2019, said Roger Chapin, a spokesman for Orlando-based Mears.
“We didn’t want to launch a new product over the holidays. Drivers are very busy,” Chapin said in a statement. “It would have been tough for Mears to perform the necessary training for drivers, and we decided with limited time and some limited internal resources due to [the] holidays to delay.”
Chapin said the companies expect to launch the new feature within the first two weeks of January 2019.
UberTaxi is already available in other cities, including Boston and Washington, D.C.