Cabs at the airport

The ground transportation structure at Sky Harbor has recently changed. Now, you catch cabs on the North Curb, Limos on the South Curb. In the past, you could catch either on either curb.

Last night when I arrived home from a 2 hour delayed flight, I head to the very long taxi queue. Seriously, about 40 people long. I finally get to the front and explain to the lady managing this situation that I need a cab that will accept a credit card. You see, I expense my cabs and it’s just easier not to co-mingle funds. She says, “you are in the wrong line, this is the line for credit cards.” And HOW would I know that? There’s no sign, nothing. No biggie.

Anyway, the North Curb is the long way out of the airport when you’re headed to just about anywhere except Scottsdale. The cab picks me up and has to loop the airport to get onto the 10 N to get to the 51 N to take me home to 16th Street and Glendale. The fare is $8.10 by the time we get out of the airport. What the heck?

The entire cab ride TO the airport on Monday cost me $18. The return home last night was $24.30. With a maniac cab driver by the way. 80 MPH on the on ramp to the 10. 45 MPH on my residential street which is posted as 20 MPH. That’s a whole other topic.

I think the move of all the cabs to the North Curb is a conspiracy to increase the cab fares. Maybe?

3 Comments so far

  1. Heather (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    It ticked me off when they did this – I’m in the same boat as you in that I live in central Phoenix and it was about $3-4 cheaper to catch a taxi on the south curb than it is on the north curb. And to have one taxi line for one of the busiest terminals in the country is totally insane. Someone really wasn’t thinking when they made that change.

  2. Darin (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 8:09 pm

    The SAME thing happened to me recently. And lemme tell you this…I was mad as a rattlesnake.

    When I asked the Taxi Driver about it, he agreed that it was the dumbest thing he’s seen in quite a while. Considering what he sees on a daily basis, that’s a pretty strong statement.

    I am so tempted to write my councilman and ask him about this.

    It’s just dumb.

  3. joann Landers (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

    I am a taxi driver in San Jose California and trust me the airport could care less how much money a cabbie makes. Always note the taxi company name and number on the side of any taxi you get into. There should be a sticker somewhere in the back of the cab with information, a phone number where you can direct your complaints. Do it! Turn in the bad drivers and do not tip. Don’t let them put your life and others at risk. When you do get a good cab ride thank your driver and tip accordingly.

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