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#1 margo

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 06:47 AM

Our last several experiences with New Orleans taxis taking us to and from the station have not been pleasant ( no meters, charge what they want-$17.00 for 1/2 mile at 9:00 pm, and insist on high tip, and a hostile attitude).  How do other travelers handle this?  Thank you.


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 09:29 AM

I take the streetcar, but Uber would also be a good choice.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 09:56 AM

Uber or Lyft or walking.



I do everything I can to avoid spending one cent on the belligerent taxi mafia.
 
It's not just New Orleans. In my experience taxi drivers are lousy people all across the country and in fact all over the world. They drive poorly, treat their customers like trash, and make threats if you don't play along with their fraudulent scheming.

Edited by Devil's Advocate, 13 July 2017 - 10:43 AM.

We've got provisions and lots of beer. The key word is survival on the new frontier. 


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 10:07 AM

I recently had 2 very pleasant experiences with Uber in Los Angeles.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 10:15 AM

My 1st experience with Uber was this January in TPA and it was a great experience! (Much better than the taxis I've used.) I plan to use Uber whenever I can. (I haven't used Lyft yet.)
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 10:32 AM

Streetcar, Uber, or walk. Taxi drivers have largely earned their fate.



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Posted 13 July 2017 - 10:45 AM

Streetcar, Uber, or walk. Taxi drivers have largely earned their fate.


Taxi drivers are like the chain smokers of the transportation industry. Decades of casual abuse followed by shock and amazement that people weren't going to put up with it anymore.

We've got provisions and lots of beer. The key word is survival on the new frontier. 


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 12:56 PM

Took taxis from NOL station twice and got ripped off both times. Both drivers did not use the meters and just told us the price. As the OP said $17 for less than a mile ride is highway robbery. Next time we will use Uber. The trolley also stops near the station so if you do not have too much luggage with you that is a good choice. 



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Posted 13 July 2017 - 02:32 PM

Thank you all for your advice.


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 02:53 PM

Only time we use taxis now is when demand is high (rush hour, rainy weather) and Uber's demand pricing can get expensive. Otherwise they are great.



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Posted 13 July 2017 - 04:00 PM

I've switched to using Lyft whenever I can after hearing some of the controversies and misgivings around Uber and its executive staff. Still probably better than the taxi companies, but since both are an option in most places (usually it's either both or none) and Uber has also added tipping (the one advantage it had was there was no explicit expectation of tips) I'll use Lyft over Uber whenever practical.

 

In Vancouver, BC neither of them were available, so for my early-morning bus departure from Pacific Central I drove a Car2Go from my hotel over to Pacific Central. Not much cheaper than Uber or Lyft normally are, but very convenient and still not having to feed the taxi companies.



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Posted 13 July 2017 - 05:01 PM

If you are talking about transfer from MSY to NOL, I only used the airport taxi's once. After that I would call a Yellow Cab to pick me up on the upper (departure) level. The taxis that queue at the airport are bandits. 

 

There is an RTA bus that runs directly between MSY and NOL. 

 

Otherwise, avoid hailing a cab on the street. Either use Uber or call a known-good taxi company.



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Posted 13 July 2017 - 11:48 PM

Jefferson transit also has an airport bus that stops two blocks east of the train station, but it doesn't read the city on weekends and holidays: http://www.jefferson...g/e2airport.php



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Posted 14 July 2017 - 01:28 AM

I took a taxi from NOL station to Place D'Armes (French Quarter) and back and it was $6-8 each way I think. It was 3 years ago so I don't recall exactly. I just gave $10 as both experiences were very pleasant. 


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 03:17 AM

I was ripped off by a Taxi driver who took us from King Street station to the Westin which is only 1.3 miles after getting off the Coast Starlight in 2015. Been Uber / Lyft since then and have ZERO sympathy for the Taxi drivers. You can only charge so many "Special Rates" before people tell you to f%^& off. $20.00 for the 1.3 mile drive. Hotels such as Starwood encourage the use of Uber by giving users Star Points and the drivers can pickup and drop off at the Portico and the Taxi's can't do jack about it parked across the street or on the street waiting for their non existent customers.



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Posted 14 July 2017 - 08:01 AM

We just used an Uber to go from the Nola station to Hyatt Centric in the French Quarter last week. 

As we exited the station, a taxi driver tried grabbing bags from my husband.

He said, no thanks, we have an uber coming. He had to grab his bag back! This guy was right in his face!

We were approached by several more taxi drivers while waiting the 4 minutes for our uber car to arrive.

The Uber was about $9.

We ubered the whole trip. We like knowing what the price is before we get into the car.



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Posted 14 July 2017 - 09:17 AM

I have used Uber and Lyft a number of times in the US, including a trip to O'hare Airport and had excellent service. Also, recently took Uber several times in Milan and Rome. Uber did not operate in Naples and a taxi ripped me off from train station to hotel.
I was a commuter railroad employee in NJ for many years until 2002, and have since been a tour guide at Grand Canyon National Park and Ketchikan, Alaska. Also, have been a National Park Volunteer at Hawaii Volcanoes and now Sunset Crater Volcano near my home. If not on Amtrak, also like long road trips, camping some of the time.

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 09:18 AM

Some of the time in the above mentioned trips, the vehicles have been very classy, such as Cadillacs and Mercedes.
I was a commuter railroad employee in NJ for many years until 2002, and have since been a tour guide at Grand Canyon National Park and Ketchikan, Alaska. Also, have been a National Park Volunteer at Hawaii Volcanoes and now Sunset Crater Volcano near my home. If not on Amtrak, also like long road trips, camping some of the time.

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 10:26 AM

We just used an Uber to go from the Nola station to Hyatt Centric in the French Quarter last week. As we exited the station, a taxi driver tried grabbing bags from my husband. He said, no thanks, we have an uber coming. He had to grab his bag back! This guy was right in his face! We were approached by several more taxi drivers while waiting the 4 minutes for our uber car to arrive. The Uber was about $9. We ubered the whole trip. We like knowing what the price is before we get into the car.


Never tell a taxi driver you're waiting for an Uber or Lyft car. They've been known to get belligerent, to intentionally block Uber/Lift vehicles (and all other traffic) with their taxi cabs, make aggravated threats, and even become violent toward Uber/Lyft drivers and passengers.

We've got provisions and lots of beer. The key word is survival on the new frontier. 


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 10:29 AM

We just used an Uber to go from the Nola station to Hyatt Centric in the French Quarter last week. 
As we exited the station, a taxi driver tried grabbing bags from my husband.
He said, no thanks, we have an uber coming. He had to grab his bag back! This guy was right in his face!
We were approached by several more taxi drivers while waiting the 4 minutes for our uber car to arrive.
The Uber was about $9.
We ubered the whole trip. We like knowing what the price is before we get into the car.


Those aggressive taxi drivers sound like what this American experienced when detraining at Xian, China. I sought out the only taxi driver who was NOT in my face to take me from the train station to my hotel. And I told him why I chose him. His rate was very reasonable and I gave him a nice tip. Took the hotel-to-airport bus on my departure (recommended by the front desk), which was 1/4 of what the taxi drivers were asking.

This was about 20 years ago. Don't know if Uber or Lyft have made it to Xian yet.




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