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June 30, 2015

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Long-hauling costs city in credibility

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In March, I visited Las Vegas for the sixth time. I was part of a group of seven people getting together. We arrived at different times and took several cabs.

I was the first to arrive with one of my friends; we got in a cab and I told the driver we were staying at the Flamingo. I was busy talking to my friend while the driver was taking us to the hotel, but he drove on the freeway, which he did not have to take, and it cost us $29. I told him he took us on the scenic route, and he told me he didn’t.

The following day, three more friends took a cab from the same place to the Flamingo and it cost them $15 — now that was the right way. Later, another friend took a cab from the airport to the Flamingo and cost him $34, and then our final friend arrived and took a cab and it cost her $54.

I think it is pretty bad that we all took a cab from the airport to the same hotel and it cost up to $54. That is not a good way to treat people visit your city.

The rest of our stay was nice but it didn’t start on a positive note.

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  1. If that happens, simply refuse to pay the overcharge. Let the driver call the cops. He or she will not as he or she will be cited for long-hauling by the Taxicab Authority whom the officer will contact. But, I wonder, why not the same outrage with the hotels & casino's who regularly gouge visitors and locals alike and are given a pass? A $79 room one week becomes a $300 room the next and that's sluffed off. Casino moguls routinely lessen the payouts & odds on table games and slots and not a peep of dismay from politico's, columnist's or guests. I guess it's because hotel's & casino's have deeper pockets in which to dig in order to influence politicians and newspaper editors.

  2. The slugs who long hauled wanted a tip also?? I am sure they did but who wants to start their vacation off by having to call the police and most tourist do not even know who to contact if they are long hauled. The casinos say sorry to hear that and then slam them with the resort fee they keep hidden very well. The next thing is cost of food on the strip even low cost food like ice cream is a rip off. The tourist now heads down to gamble and guess what the machines are tight as a drum and the table games odds are against them. While they are doing this they realize they need to slip a $50.00 in their wallet for the cab ride back to the airport to leave. Now WHY did they come here???
    Las Vegas is building too many reasons on why not to come here and if you are going to gamble that Indian casino near their residency is looking better and better. People who visit Las Vegas want to feel they were a part of it like joining a club and they want to leave feeling they got something for their money not feeling like they were hustled and deceived all of the way.

  3. The Las Vegas Monorail just out of bankruptcy is planning to expand to the airport.With this expansion comes a flat rate per passenger to and from the strip and downtown.

    If the expansion does happen and is successful cab companies will be faced with a situation of their own,to either offer a flat rate or face a fierce battle for passengers. In the end it should all work out for all concerned,competition is a great motivator.

  4. Yeah, I can just see 1,000s of arriving or departing visitors lugging their luggage a half-mile or more to the mono-rail only to have to lug it another half-mile or more when they arrive at their destination. And, what if they're destination is on the west side of the Strip? Is the mono-rail going to build a western extension, also? It's a pipe dream and if you want, Sam, you can waste your money by investing in it. I will not. The only ones to benefit from an airport extension may be those who work there. It was and will always remain a "White Elephant." And let's not even consider a tax payer subsidy for it!

  5. Jerry Fink,

    If the monorail does go to the airport as has been suggested, no money from taxpayers will be used as a subsidy.

    Las Vegas Monorail investors took it on the chin with the bankruptcy.What was once a $ 650 million dollar debt owed to investors for the monorail, has now been reduced to a $13 million dollar debt after the bankruptcy was completed.No tax payer money was used or lost in the monorail bankruptcy.

    The monorail should have gone all the way to the airport from the very beginning of its construction. Any expansion plans for the monorail will all be from private investors.

  6. Las Vegas and credibility? That shipped sailed along time ago I'm afraid. The county cares about the 6 miles between Sahara & Russell on the strip. More power to them. Tourists keep coming, I just don't get it. Gambling is everywhere now, & still they come. Value in this town is few & far between.