Las Vegas Taxi Longhauling

I just read a really good article about how Las Vegas taxi drivers take you the “long way” to the strip – basically stealing from you. Taking surface streets (Paradise Road) or the freeway from the airport to Mandalay Bay takes the same time, 11 minutes. But the surface street route is only 3.4 miles. The freeway route is 5.9 miles. And taxis charge by the mile. So the fare by way of surface streets is just over $13 without . And by the freeway is over $19 without tip. I don’t think $6 is a big deal, I just don’t think the cab driver ever explains the difference and lets the passenger choose.

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