A Tale of Two Las Vegas Taxi Rides

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  1. Pressit, Dec 2, 2016

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    Friends of mine, 7 of them, just came back from their first trip to Las Vegas. Aside from wishing them luck, I told them to tell the cab driver "do not go through the tunnel". Since cabs can only haul up to 5 people, the party had to be split up into 2 cabs.

    Now group #1 took my advised, group #2 did not. Group #1 got the first cab, group #2 followed up a minute later. Group #2 were the first to arrive at the hotel, and group #1 arrived 5 minutes later. Group #1's fare was $22 and change, Group #2's fare was $35.

    Every time I took a cab from the AP to a strip casino, my fare has avg. $16 plus change.
    My friends in group #1, who did not take the tunnel route said they ran into a lot of traffic, and hit every stop light. Group #2, forgot about my advise on informing the driver to advoid the tunnel. but this is what happened to them. The cabbie asked them if they wanted the "expressway" no traffic, or through heavy city traffic. No mention of a tunnel, so group #2, said, take the expressway, which unbeknown to them included the tunnel.

    LV taxis charge every $.20 per 1/12 of a mile and $.20 for every 24 seconds if going under 8 MPH, plus an automatic $2.00/3.50fee. The reason I've always been told why you should avoid the tunnel is because of the extra cost, but $13 more seems a bit much...although they did arrive at their destination sooner. Group #2 just got long hauled, but I never would have guessed the extra distance would have cost an additional $13. Here is a good link on LV taxi services and rates.

    http://vegasclick.com/vegas/taxis
     
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  2. superrick, Dec 2, 2016

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    I'm always posting about the cabs long hauling from the airport you are better off using the Uber car service. It would cost me $50 to get home from the airport in a cab and only $21 by Uber! You might want to pm Craps Poopshoot who is driving for Uber and catch a ride from him that way you will be getting some good information from him now that he is living here in the Vegas area!

    http://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/jan/20/audit-las-vegas-area-cabs-overcharging-public-by-4/

    http://lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jun/06/taxicab-authority-sets-checkpoints-crack-down-long/

    http://lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jun/06/taxicab-authority-sets-checkpoints-crack-down-long/
     
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  3. Pressit, Dec 2, 2016

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    Thanks
    I'll do on my next trip to LV.
     
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  4. Craps Poopshoot, Dec 4, 2016

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    Uber and Lyft pricing is now fixed for the destinations from McCarran International Airport to the hotels. So there is no incentive with Uber/Lyft drivers to extend the trip with an longer route or if the ride hits unexpected traffic, the bill does not jump up.

    Ok, so here are some links for new riders to get come ride credit

    Uber - $10 ride credit

    Lyft - $50 ride credit

    If you are in Las Vegas and want to be more discreet, I can offer personal chauffeur, protection, companion and coaching services for a fee.
     
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  5. lone irish digit, Dec 4, 2016

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    In some ways you are sounding a little like UCDT.
     
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  6. Pressit, Dec 4, 2016

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    Poop

    I'll be sure to pass this along and use it on my next trip to LV

    Thanks
     
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  7. The Midnight Skulker, Dec 15, 2016

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    I have previously mentioned that in my semi-retirement I drive a taxi.
    Boise rates are a $2.60 drop, $2.40/mi, $0.40/min wait time. (I am not sure what constitutes "wait time", full stop or some minimum speed, since I personally do not charge for it unless my customer orders me to make an intermediate stop, at a convenience store for example.) The airport charges a $1.50 gate fee to pick up there, which we are allowed to, and do, pass on to customers.
    From what I have heard from my customers, an advantage Uber offers to customers over taxis is that the fare is known when the ride is confirmed. Hence, as Poops said, there is no incentive to take a customer for a ride, as there is when a driver has waited 2½ hours in the airport taxi line (minimum barring some miracle) for a fare. (I drive for the second largest company in town BTW and none of us even bother to get in line, though we do pick up at the airport if called by a customer.)

    Some of my company's drivers have a deal with Gowen Field, the local Air National Guard base, to haul military personnel from the airport to the base, but the airmen have to call us. The Guard does list our number in the material it sends to soldiers, but some simply take a cab out of the line. Full fare, including gate fee, should be $14 and change; our discounted fare is $10.50. I have heard of soldiers being charged -- are you sitting down? -- $32!
     
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  8. random_roller, Dec 15, 2016

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    Wow, 2.5 hours wait for a driver in the taxi line at the Boise airport? That's brutal. Is there only 1 terminal and 1 taxi line (and too many cabs with too few arriving flights/hour)?
     
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  9. Onautopilot, Dec 15, 2016

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    Can't remember the last time I used a taxi. I like to be the "pilot" of anything moving, I drive almost everywhere I travel. I have more time than money now days, and can not tolerate the current air travel conditions....getting to and from the airport, the waiting, delays, etc.

    The last time I did fly into Vegas, I took a limo from the airport to the hotel, not a private one, a limo service offered there with stops at major hotels. A longer ride for those at the end of the route, but like I say....more time than money.

    The few times I did use a taxi in Vegas, it was a necessity, and all I was interested in was getting from here to there, just asked the driver about what the fare would be, and accepted it.

    I don't like intentional price gouging, but driving a taxi in Vegas seems like a "taxing" job at best to me, so they probably need an extra buck or two here and there. :)
     
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  10. TDVegas, Dec 15, 2016

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    Long hauling has been a problem here in Vegas for decades. As stated, the fact that uber and lyft clarify pricing before you get in is great.
     
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  11. Settingcanthurt, Dec 15, 2016

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    Could this topic be a sticky? Place the posts so far into it??
     
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  12. Settingcanthurt, Dec 15, 2016

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    From a high Tax guy...
     
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    I took a Taxi from Stratosphere to Bellagio last trip. The Taxis were lined up two deep at the Strat and a mob at the Bellagio all waving my one Taxi to them. One guy was leaning way out waving bills......
     
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  14. The Midnight Skulker, Dec 15, 2016

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    There is only one terminal at Beeson Field, and hence only one cab line, which holds 25 cabs. Until recently that was it: when the line was full drivers had wait for it to move and hope they could time their arrival just right in order to get in it. I was told it could take up to 5 -- that's right, 5 -- hours just to get in line! I believe it was only this year, but maybe last year, that drivers who live at the airport established a list, kept by the 25th cab, of drivers wanting to get in line, calling them in order as space becomes available. I don't know any of the particulars of how that list works (e.g. how long a driver gets to take his/her place before forfeiting it) because there have been maybe two days in the last five years that were so slow it would have been worth my while to work the airport. (As I've mentioned in another context recently, when you're cursed, you're cursed.)

    BTW there are more taxis licensed in Boise than there are licensed in Salt Lake City, which has about 2½ times the population. There are over 150 different companies -- not cars, companies -- here, most of which are single car owner/operators of course, and they are the ones sitting at the airport.
    I have not flown since before 9/11, and given the horror stories I have heard I have no desire whatever to break that streak.
    Long ago, when about ¾ of my runs were to or from the airport and I was with a different company on a shift that ran late at night we would dump the entire cab line once a month or so. Was nice to get a run, hoof it back to the airport, and get another run with no waiting. In such circumstances (fewer cabs than suctomers) we were allowed to take multiple fares with the consent of the first in line. I'd find out where that first was going, then go down the line of those waiting looking for someone going in the same general direction and divvy up the fare so everybody would come out ahead.
     
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    Uber or Lyft is the only way to go.
     
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    Give Poop a call, he will pick you up and get you to where you are going without any bullshit.
     
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    the metered cabs here have a racket.
    if you take a cab out of jfk or LaGuardia, and drive to Long Island, which is closer than most locations in one of the 5 boroughs of NY, they are allowed to double the price as soon as they go into Nassau county. ridiculous. unsuspecting people get hit and don't like it.
    A car service to the airport is half the price.
    uber is even less than that.

    a lot of the yellow cab drivers let you know that if they go into Nassau they have to double the fare, but some wont if its just a town or two in, they let you know, they wont charge you, better for them ,they get much larger tips.
     
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  18. superrick, Jan 6, 2017

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    Every time we go into Manhattan we take a car service to the airport I never gave a thought to a cab!
    That way you know what it's going to cost you up front. The same thing goes for Uber or Lyft!
     
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  19. random_roller, Jan 6, 2017

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    I fly into Newark if possible and take NJ Transit to midtown. I hate flying in/out of LGA. Almost a guaranteed delay or flight cancellation. Years ago when I had a Monday morning meeting, I flew into Newark on a Friday after work, got my rental car and was on I-95 heading south towards Atlantic City. Did the reverse Sunday afternoon, caught the train to Penn Station, and was in my hotel by early evening. Also had a couple of meetings in Ryebrook over the years. Westchester Airport was decent to fly out of.
     
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    LaGuardia is a no go nowadays.
    they are rebuilding terminals and have eliminated most of the parking, redoing the garage also.
    during thanksgiving week, all the local news were warning people it was a 2 hour trip from 1/2 mile outside the airport just to get to terminal, the roads were so messed up with traffic.
    We pay a bit more now to travel out of jfk, LaGuardia has become impossible.
     
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