A Tale of Two Las Vegas Taxi Rides

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  1. Craps Poopshoot, Jan 7, 2017

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    Lyft/Uber in Las Vegas is only a year in operations here. Approximately 30% of the visitors are using Uber/Lyft over the traditional Taxies. Many of the hotels now have dedicated Uber/Lyft pickup and drop off areas, and others still are trying to figure out what to do with the Uber/Lyft riders because they built their Valet areas for Taxies and never anticipated a competitor to them.

    The Taxi companies response to the Uber/Lyft arrival was to go to the city and remove the cap on how many Taxies they can have running at any given time. This has created a situation now where the Taxi lines are very long and the driver is making less money than ever before. So many of the senior Taxi drivers simply went to Lyft/Uber thus leaving the inexperienced and often the worst of the Taxi drivers still driving.

    My sincere advice for anyone reading this and who visits Las Vegas is to ride Uber/Lyft and avoid the Taxies for your own safety!
     
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  2. basicstrategy777, Jan 7, 2017

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    So going with you is:.... cheaper....safer....driver more experienced ; anything else ?

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  3. Liman

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    my brother travels a lot, he only takes uber nowadays.
    prices are better, service is better, and he hasn't had any problems with dependability.
    I rarely take cabs. Last year I took 2 or 3 cab trips in vegas. Never again.
    seems I got charged a lot more one way then I paid going. Didn't tip the second driver.
    I always feel when the cab driver who picks you up at airport starts asking, so is this your first time to vegas? maybe hes getting ready to rip you off.
    I think if you know your way around, a cab driver is not going to rip you off.
    but then again, everyone in vegas seems to be working one scam or another, maybe the cabbies are doing their part?
     
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  4. Onautopilot, Jan 7, 2017

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    I haven't taken a cab in many, many years. But in Vegas years ago, I would always ask the driver what the fare was from here to there. They of course know exactly what the fare should be, and most of them always gave me a good estimate......."It's $10-$12 depending on traffic.".......That was years ago. :)
     
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  5. $nakeEye$, Jan 7, 2017

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    Here is $15 which includes your tip - leave the meter OFF - and let's go !

    You will BE most surprised as to how FAST you arrive at your destination !

    OR - how fast you need to hail another cab !

    $...eE..$
     
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  6. Pressit, Jan 10, 2017

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    Where do Uber/Lyft pickup at the LV airport? Do they have a designated area?
     
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    What I like best about Uber/Lyft is that there is some accountability

    I say I will be there and will pay you, the driver confirms he is coming to get me- cancel too much and you are out of the game. I don't even know how many times cabs left me to wait and never came When I would call for one. I would call back dispatch and they did not even know who I was.

    I feel safer too, I am not saying that nothing ever happens in Ubers but the ride is monitored, they know where rider was taken and for the driver at least there is a credit card trail to the customer. It's not like those poor cab drivers picking up a stranger on a corner and getting assaulted.
     
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  8. KokomoJoe4, Jan 10, 2017

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    A month or so ago, a(n) uber driver here in the burg picked up a guy at the casino and took him home, but to the wrong home, to the drivers home.

    Beat the shit out of the gambler and took his winnings, which was something like $1000. The driver obviously wasn't aware of Planck's constant, otherwise he might have driven to somewhere other than his own house.
     
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    most criminals are assholes.
     
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    over the past 30 years, whenever I cant get a lift to the airport or ride home, I use the same car service. they have never been late, always price upfront, and are super courteous/pleasant.
    I feel safer knowing the same car service is sending someone than to contact uber and not know who is coming. but that's just me, as mentioned, my brother loves uber service and uses it all over this country when available
    I don't even have the app on my phone, maybe I will try it eventually.
    oh, one my wifes distant cousins visited us recently from another state, he drives an uber, maybe its lyft? mentioned he had to join for 300 or something, I don't recall exactly what he said, but he is an ass, Id rather have my car service pick me up then him. but I will get an uber app.
     
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  11. Craps Poopshoot, Jan 10, 2017

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