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Old 05-25-2015, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Funny, the article starts out discussing Atlanta. Maybe you should read the article before commenting on it.

What's topical is that airports all over the country are opening up to Uber and it's competitors. If the LV taxi industry expects the airport to be their fortress, I think they're going to be sorely disappointed.
LOL....those places don't have on industry controlling 90% of the destination traffic. It won't matter if Uber can pick up at the airport if they can't drop at the casinos.....point well missed!

I'll say it again for those who are hard headed....the BIG obstacle for Uber is the CASINOS....nothing else really matters.

LV has a handful of players that hold all the cards and they LIKE having control of the deck!
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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May not be as many Uber drivers cruising around as people expect. I heard recently Uber has raised the fee charged their drivers from 10% to 30% of the fare. This has the San Fransisco drivers up in arms and has increased times waiting for pick ups.
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Old 05-25-2015, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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What most of you fail to realize is that it's the CASINOS that are gonna decide things in the end....wanna know why you can't buy a Powerball ticket in NV?
When it comes down to it, who do you think the casinos will ultimately listen to? The millions of visitors who spend tons of money in their resorts or a few cab companies and their pi$$ed off drivers?

Just about everyone who sets foot in a cab here feels like they are getting the shaft. It doesn't matter if they were treated well or not, most feel like they got ripped off simply because of their reputation. Now along comes an alternative named Uber, which doesn't have all of the baggage that the cab companies have. The casinos want to keep their guests happy. If that means allowing Uber to operate here like they do in many other cities, it will happen. It's not a matter of if it will happen, but when. Market forces and guests will demand it.

I disagree with your Powerball analogy. Apples and oranges IMO. People don't travel great distances to purchase a lottery ticket when it's available in 44 other states, but they do expect to be treated well wherever they go on vacation.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Just about everyone who sets foot in a cab here feels like they are getting the shaft.
What is that based on, your feeling? You're arguing with a driver, who meets and talks with every tom, dick, and harry who steps in for a ride. I know that a minority of everyone who set foot in my cab had the attitude of getting the shaft. That is a fact.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Orange County
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No, the stupid questions get old though:

"Do you actually LIVE in LV?" ......
"Where DO people live in LV?" .....
"Are there any good restaurants in LV?" .....Seriously?
"What's there to DO in LV?" ......Really?
Are there any good restaurants in Las Vegas?
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:26 PM
 
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What you haven't explained is my the casinos wouldn't want Uber and others picking up from their properties.

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LOL....those places don't have on industry controlling 90% of the destination traffic. It won't matter if Uber can pick up at the airport if they can't drop at the casinos.....point well missed!

I'll say it again for those who are hard headed....the BIG obstacle for Uber is the CASINOS....nothing else really matters.

LV has a handful of players that hold all the cards and they LIKE having control of the deck!
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:38 PM
 
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There's the infamous story from last year when a museum in Europe was attacked by terrorists... Uber honed in on that region and took advantage by tripling their rates as people were trying to flee the area during a terrorist attack.

You stay classy, Uber.

But hey, they are already angels to the people of Vegas lol. Good for them.
You're talking about surge pricing and that is set by a computer based on supply of drivers and demand from riders. The computer had no idea an emergency was happening. Once Uber recognized those people were being overcharged, they quickly corrected it and reimbursed them.

Cabbies LOVE to bring that instance up though because they think it will scare people away from Uber. Too bad bringing it up is disingenuous when you don't tell the full story.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Hate to break it to you cabbie haters... But most of the visitors you all apparently represent with your individual opinions are happy with the cab service in Vegas.

It's the locals who aren't happy with us because we don't like abandoning one of the best districts a cabbie can have in the entire world. It's the locals who call us to pull a driver away from said district only to not even be at the pick up site half the time. It's the locals who treat us like douches by telling us how long it took to get to them (if they ARE actually at the pick up location) as if we are capable of teleporting from a hotel on the strip to north Summerlin in mere seconds. It's the locals who are the first to complain that the cab line at the airport is long... Umm yes, we do have 41 million visitors a year and the cab line STILL moves fast. It's the locals who *think* they know the best routes and aren't shy about giving the driver crap when they went out of their way to save THEM money.

Perfect example of this is a pickup from NYNY. Because of the Park and the arena being built between NYNY and Monte Carlo, the entrance/exit from the Strip by Diablo's restaurant has been converted into an entrance only. This means that if you want to take someone to the airport, you have to use the service driveway that exits between Monte and Aria... OR you could do a u-turn behind NYNY to get out onto Tropicana Ave... But that exit is a western only exit... So you must then make a second u-turn on Tropicana by the I-15 entrance to go back east on Tropicana to finally head to the airport terminals. Any way you do it, you first have to drive in the opposite direction of the airport in order to actually get there... Or anywhere east of NYNY, really. It LOOKS like it's long hauling, but it's not because the cabbies aren't left with a decent choice... Yet we STILL take heat from people with this.

Sorry, but I'm not a fan of driving into oncoming traffic to save some oblivious people 67 cents.

Personally I don't service a local at all unless I happen to have one when I get called up at hotels, malls, airport. I don't need to go out of my way just to get talked down to by people that actually have very little idea as to what they think they're so educated on.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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Square this post (#88) with your post a couple pages up where you lament about all the people accusing you of wanting to long-haul them through the tunnel.
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I think I laid things out pretty clearly.

Another thing that keeps getting repeated is that "the market will balance itself" when uber is going... Well perhaps all the locals should start wondering WHY cabs have been avoiding them like the plague.

This isn't L.A... This isn't NY... We have choices as drivers, too. If we can make more money by avoiding the extremely condescending locals, you bet that's what we'll do.

So uber can come enjoy those rides. Those drivers can clean the vomit from their own vehicles, pay their higher insurance, pay their fuel, change their oil, not have employer-provided health insurance, not have a 401k, pay all maintenance costs, not have Metro PD tracking their vehicles with silent emergency signals available and lose out on several other benefits. Those who choose to drive for them here will need a lot of luck.
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