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Might Be The End Of Taxis Taking Tunnel

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by casky, Jun 18, 2012.

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  1. casky

    casky Tourist

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    I like some of the comments in that post saying "I've only been longhauled 2 times and it was my fault for not saying no tunnel". As if it should be up to the passenger to say that. :)
     
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    I liked the articles comment about taking the shuttle! Too funny!
     
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    Unfortunately after taking the shuttle anyone would be begging those cabbies to long-haul them!!
     
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    I've never had any issues with the shuttle.
     
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    It's horrible. The last time I took the shuttle was in 2005 when I was staying at The Wynn shortly after opening. It was Memorial Day weekend and the driver "couldn't be bothered" to drop the last of us off at the actual Wynn so he made everyone get out in the parking lot of the Frontier and everyone had to drag their bags down the block to the crossing, across Las Vegas Boulevard and up the driveway. I would have called the company on the spot but did not want to start out my trip with even more stress.

    I would never take the shuttle again unless taxis or limos stopped running and mules were extinct.
     
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    I see the light at the end of the tunnel for this practice
     
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    OMG yes, we took the shuttle one time, just one and never will again. What usually takes less than 10 minutes took 45 via the shuttle, I felt like I was back in Brazil using the bus system there to boot.
     
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    Hey, one of those comments was from one of our very own board members.

    And I think what he meant was that he blamed himself because he knew about longhauling, knew the correct route, and still said nothing.


    On the topic in general, haven't they tried these spot check tactics before? The cabbies have radios, I wouldn't expect a sizeable long term impact if this is it. They need airport flat rates.
     
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    Why the hotels don't have their own shuttles like every other city in America is beyond me. Show your confirmation email so they know you aren't trying to get a free ride
     
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    I surely do not know, but I am guessing the Taxi folks have forced this.
     
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    By the way, it does not say what they are doing at the "checkpoint". After all, there are legitimate reasons to take the tunnel.
     
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    The shuttle is cheaper if you are alone, but if there are two of you the taxi is just as cheap and way faster
     
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    probably because every other hotel in America only has 500 rooms, not 5000.

    Would you really want to put thousands of people out of work to avoid paying an extra $8 cab fair?
     
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    You realize those 5000 don't check in at same time, and and the 20 or so that do can easily fit on a shuttle bus. There will be a need for cabs, even if there are shuttle buses.
     
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    According to the hotels, they aren't allowed to operate shuttles on their own. I don't trust most of the poliical stuff I hear from them but considering the power of the Taxi Authority, I can believe. I did see a checkpoint coming from the airport. I didn't see anyone manning it and I am not clear as to whether someone is supposed to pull over a cab taking the tunnel or what. I would be POed if I were headed to South Point or to Henderson and got hassled for the cabbie taking the tunnel. But it it's time they started doing something.
     
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    For all the complaints i read about the shuttles, we've taken them a few times and never really had any big issues. Taxi lines can be just as long if time is your problem. Still, to each his own.
     
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    Well every other hotel has like 100 rooms, Vegas hotels have 3000-7000 they just can't free shuttle people, it'd be a huge loss for them.
     
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    There is so much "old boys" politics involved in it all, no one can make any changes or get anything 'different' done.

    Ask the monorail folks why they didn't put their tracks right up the LV Strip median? And why doesn't it connect to the Airport?

    Taxi Authority. That's why.

    Too many hands in too many pockets.
     
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    Actually, if you do the business financials, it is the opposite.

    The cost for a small hotel of 100 rooms to operate a shuttle is way more expensive per room night than the big hotel. The large hotel has way more rooms of course, but some of those shuttle expenses get spread across more rooms. In the hotel business, everything is about room cost per night.

    If it were not for the taxi authority, there would be shuttles. Might be free, or a maybe a small charge.
     
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