The comeback of UBER to Las Vegas was imminent and will be bigger than ever because they should be allowed to pick up passengers at McCarran International Airport. A place that until now has been sacred to only long taxi lines, limos and those ride share vans.
UBER is officially back in Las Vegas now that the Nevada Transportation Authority made its final approval for ride sharing companies. While it will not include airport pickup when it launches you can at least get around the city without being nickeled and dime’d by a cabbie.
A workshop is scheduled for August 25th to discuss the actual areas of operation for ride share companies like UBER and Lyft. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal the Clark County Commission will discuss any new proposed areas operation at a meeting on October 20.
A new plan of how UBER will work at McCarran Airport has been released and it may be a bit more complicated than some airports. Once you use the app to alert UBER that you’ve landed there you will then need to stand at a specified location. The UBER driver will meet you at a numbered stall in the parking area near valet parking at your terminal. Of course being dropped off will be as simple as being dropped off by a taxi. You just get dropped off at your airline’s curbside terminal.
Just like any other airport UBER will offer savings over a traditional taxi from McCarran Airport. Especially the longer of your ride off the strip in which some taxi’s are known for overcharging passengers.
This is great news for Las Vegas tourism or even those who like to go out and drink and do not want to rent a car. Bad news of course for taxi’s and car rental companies such as Hertz and Avis. We also hope to hear more about Lyft coming to Las Vegas soon because the more competition the better.
Reasons to Take Uber (or Lyft) in Vegas are Growing in 2016
1. Parking will Cost. MGM Resorts officials announced that starting this spring guests will have to pay to park. Say goodbye to free parking at Aria, Bellagio and 10 other Las Vegas hotels. The pricing is going to be modest where it will not exceed $10 a night for self parking at Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Delano, Excalibur, Luxor, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, the Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York and Vdara. The big unknown is whether other big players along the Strip will begin charging for parking now that MGM Resorts has opened the door. The Venetian and the Palazzo “have no plans to charge for parking.”
2. Vegas-area cabs overcharging public by $47M a year
State auditors say Las Vegas-area cabs are overcharging customers to the tune of $47 million a year from an audit of the Nevada Taxicab Authority. They found the $3 credit card processing fee the authority allows is excessive and should be no more than 90 cents. They also criticized the authority for approving taxi rate hikes even though gas prices are going down, saying it’s a windfall for cab companies but takes money out of the rest of the economy. The audit recommends abolishing the taxicab authority, which regulates only Clark County cabs. Auditors say the Nevada Transportation Authority or Clark County could assume oversight.