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Old 05-04-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I did a quick search on the forum and didn't really come across anything that answered my question so I figured I would ask (sorry if this has been answered and I didn't find it!). You all have been super helpful in my learning quest thus far so I'm hoping someone can help me out here.

Yellow Cab Pittsburgh: in my personal opinion, it's bad. It's reaaaaaal bad. I've been left hanging 3x now by these guys (last incident happened yesterday and left me so angry - gah! lol). Is there another cab/car service that anyone could recommend? Or maybe even the bus lines, if they're pretty reliable?

My main reason for asking this is when I go out with my friends and I know I'll be drinking I don't like to drive. I'm willing to pay a few more bucks or sacrifice being late by a few minutes for knowing that I will actually reach my destination! Waiting a half an hour or longer to learn that no cab is on the way is frustrating to say the least.

Another problem with me driving myself is if I'm going downtown. I can't figure out downtown Pittsburgh to save my life lol. I usually end up driving around aimlessly, completely lost and frustrated, before I find anything. And parking's a bit of a nightmare (in my experiences thus far).
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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Classy Cab
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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What routes are you looking at?
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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There is also supposed to be a new service from Yellow cab for downtown and North Side where you can actually hail a cab on the street instead of going to a hotel cab stand. I saw an article about it in the PG a few weeks ago.

I've had luck in just going to the William Penn, Westin, or Omni and just getting a cab there.

For some reason, and one I could never figure out, Yellow Cab has historically been horrible here. I don't know why. I know that the drivers prefer the airport runs, where they make the most money the easiest way, but you would think that they would also want to hustle for some local traffic, even if it's not for a great distance. It's a mystery.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Yellow Cab Pittsburgh: in my personal opinion, it's bad. It's reaaaaaal bad. I've been left hanging 3x now by these guys (last incident happened yesterday and left me so angry - gah! lol). Is there another cab/car service that anyone could recommend? Or maybe even the bus lines, if they're pretty reliable?


A lot of cab drivers, probably the majority nowadays, prefer to take calls on their cell phones from their own customers, rather than take calls off the radio. They have business cards printed up, and many are part of groups.

You can call 321-8100 until your blue in the face and you'll never get their attention.

Further, centrally dispatched yellow cab trips come over the computer nowadays. The driver has to alert the central office by computer that they are willing to take trips out of certain zones.They don't have the dispatchers selling the trips over the radio, so if you are calling from an outlying area its very difficult to get a cab. In addition some cab zones include destinations that drivers don't want to take trips from. They tell me southern Squirrel Hill and the Glen Hazel projects are in the same zone- not good news as drivers don't want to go into housing projects and other high crime areas.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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What routes are you looking at?
I'm mainly going from Heinz Lofts to either near the area where Six Penn Kitchen is (I still don't know street names lol!) or to one of the many areas on Carson St. Once I hit those areas I can walk around to where I'm actually going. I did try cab service to the Casino once and yeah, no luck.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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A lot of cab drivers, probably the majority nowadays, prefer to take calls on their cell phones from their own customers, rather than take calls off the radio. They have business cards printed up, and many are part of groups.

You can call 321-8100 until your blue in the face and you'll never get their attention.
So true! I have only gotten through to an actual rep once! Gah. The one time I managed to get a cab he did give me his card and I have no clue where I put it. Kicking myself for that now.

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There is also supposed to be a new service from Yellow cab for downtown and North Side where you can actually hail a cab on the street instead of going to a hotel cab stand. I saw an article about it in the PG a few weeks ago.
I'll have to look into that. When I first moved here someone made a comment about how you'll never be able to hail a cab on the street because there never is one. They were exaggerating, of course lol, but it seems damn near true.

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Classy Cab
Only company I came across that had somewhat good reviews. I haven't had a chance to try them out yet.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I'm mainly going from Heinz Lofts to either near the area where Six Penn Kitchen is (I still don't know street names lol!)
Sixth Penn Kitchen is on the corner of Sixth Street and Penn Avenue.

I can only remember the difference between Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue because there was a place called the Seventh Street Grille on Seventh Street. So I can relate, and love places whose names are taken from the streets where they are located.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Sixth Penn Kitchen is on the corner of Sixth Street and Penn Avenue.

I can only remember the difference between Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue because there was a place called the Seventh Street Grille on Seventh Street. So I can relate, and love places whose names are taken from the streets where they are located.
I never even noticed that hahaha! Thanks for that tip. Yeah, going to, I believe it was 7th St. I was looking for once, I totally mixed it up with Seventh Ave. This was in July about two weeks after I had moved here. Two things I didn't realize at the time:

1) Downtown is in a triangle??? -and-
2) Batman was being filmed so random streets were closed off. -facepalm-
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