Nineteen hundred travelers from more than 50 US cities have named Las Vegas cabs and associated services as the best in the land following the most recent annual taxi survey from Hotels.com . Survey participants were asked to judge cabs and service in seven categories including cleanliness, value, quality of driving, knowledge of the area, friendliness, safety, and availability. Survey results showed Vegas taxis and drivers ranked within the top three placings in all seven measurements.
Vegas taxis and services were judged better than those in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Orlando. It was voted the best locale for friendliest taxi drivers, with traveler accounts of drivers sharing truly funny jokes or belting out tunes on karaoke machines installed in specific cabs. Those activities are bound to enhance tips…good for them.
Recent info from the Nevada TaxiCab Authority statistics show that roughly 2000 cabs are on Vegas streets at any given time and last month (August 2010) those cabs logged over 2.15 million trips. In line with the recent LVE article involving increased Vegas visitation numbers, most measurements of taxicab services and business are higher than they were in August 2009. Total monthly trips (+ 11.37%), average number of trips per shift (+ 11.14%), revenue per shift (+7.6%), and the total number of shifts (+0.21%) were higher in August 2010 vs 2009. Average revenues per trip, however, were slightly lower (-3.14%); are Vegas cab users taking shorter trips, or..? Most all year to date comparisons also show increases in Vegas cab business for all of 2010 vs 2009 numbers.
I’ve never taken a cab in Vegas because we always rent a car, but many people depend on Vegas cabs for in – town transportation. Our visitation itinerary usually involves a multi-day trip ( 5 – 9 days normally) and includes multi-trips to multi-locations for multi – reasons. Car rental is certainly a less expensive option ( see previous LVE article regarding taxi fares and fees ) for us because of those conditions and the fact that we don’t mind (well..up to a point) jumping in the dog-eat-dog traffic situation common in Vegas. Shorter visits, unfamiliarity with the town, limited in-town transportation needs, reluctance to enter the traffic mix, or plain preference all favor hailing a cab in Sin City for many visitors. These survey results suggest that Vegas cabs and service are as good as it gets in the US. Additionally, it’s cool to see Vegas top a favorable list these days.