Discount Cab app offers ride-sharing, luxury rides

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Uber and Lyft now have a new competitor in the ride-share game.  

Discount Cab's parent company, Total Transit, is launching a new mobile app. With the free app, you can call a cab, a ride-share car, a sedan or an SUV.

"I want to drive my own car. It makes people feel more comfortable, too," said Marshawn Mitchell.

Mitchell has been a Discount Cab driver for five years and was the first one to sign up to be a ride-share driver with Total Transit.

"The new app gives them the choice," said Todd Thomas of Total Transit. "They can use a ride-share, they can still use it to get a Discount Cab if that's what they would like, and they also can get a luxury vehicle: a black sedan or an SUV."

You enter your credit card information into the free Total Transit app, so you no longer need to carry cash to pay for your ride.

Total Transit makes its ride-share drivers meet the same requirements as its cab drivers.
 
"Safety is our No. 1 concern," Thomas said. "That's why we fully insure every one of our drivers. We drug test every driver and we background check every one of our drivers."
 
The sedans and SUVs are provided through a partnership with Transtyle and give the rider many different ways to arrive in style.
 
"It's great. I think it's perfect. I wish they did this years ago," Mitchell said.
 
If you would like to apply to be a ride-share driver, Total Transit is holding a recruitment event Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Embassy Suites at 2630 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix.