Vegas Needs Uber

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We recently told you about Uber’s launch in Las Vegas. On a recent trip to Vegas, I was hoping to be able to utilize Uber from the airport but, found that I was stuck with old shuttle service to the strip. My experience was definitely lack luster at best and I found myself saying, “Vegas needs Uber.”

Vegas Needs Uber

I waited for a sedan for over 20 minutes and ended up moving back inside to wait because it was over 100 degrees. Once, I followed back up with the guys who were radioing for cars, it was another 5 minutes until my car was available (there were only 2 parties ahead of me, so go figure.) Once inside the sedan, it smelled so bad (Vegas mixed with smoke and who knows what else) and for the $45 base fare that I paid to travel to the strip, again I was wishing for an Uber.

It looks like Uber may be making it’s way to the airport soon (legally), so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for that for the next time I go to Vegas.

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Where are all the cars?

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As reported by the Washington Times,

“LAS VEGAS (AP) – Drivers with Uber and Lyft are already racking up citations after a week of doing business in Las Vegas.

McCarran International Airport spokesman Chris Jones confirmed authorities cited 87 drivers as of Friday for not being authorized to drop off or pick up passengers.

Jones says a county business license and an airport operating permit are required before companies can do business at the airport.

The citations carry $100 fines that can be halved if paid within 10 days.”

 Bottom Line

Uber really is good for the customer because I think that it makes other drivers and cabs/service have to be better. I personally am a big Uber fan and can’t wait until Uber is more available in Las Vegas!

If you haven’t tried Uber yet, you can get a free ride (up to $20 here.)

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  1. If Uber/Lyft can’t operate at the airport or the Strip then it’s not really helpful for many of us.

  2. I’ll believe it when I see it, eg “those in power” allowing Uber to operate freely at LAS. As a resident of Las Vegas, I really can’t stress what a manipulated scenario has existed, at the expense of visitors. The fact that years ago they didn’t extend the monorail from the strip to the airport, a few miles, says it all. The taxi and similar interests protect their turf.

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