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Rideshare drivers, local businesses share EDC weekend experience

Posted at 7:08 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 22:45:40-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Electric Daisy Carnival has ended.

Cleanup trucks and crews rolled into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as partygoers ditched their pods to go back to reality.

Across from the venue, hotel keepers at Motel 6, where EDC staff and attendees stayed, were continuing to tidy up.

"Cleaning staff hours were kind of altered a little bit to kind of cater to them coming in during the day and sleeping and hours were pushed back a little bit, but it's been a pretty easy going day so far," General Manager Katie Myers said. "A lot of people are asleep during the day and we clean at night. Not too many checkouts yet, but we'll be busy with them tomorrow."

Myers also said for the hotel's first EDC weekend it was busy, but a peaceful one.

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"I'm hoping that we could keep our relationship going well with the staff. It was a great piece of business for us. A great relationship to have," Myers said.

"EDC brings in a different crowd from a typical Las Vegas tourist. This younger crowd does not spend as much in gambling, fine dining, or shopping," financial analyst Chris Nolan said. "They're still staying in hotels, so hotels are increasing their room rates because they know they won't be gambling as much. They're still eating, so you've got food and beverage."

Nolan also said EDC has brought in more than $2 billion into the local economy since 2011. For locals, this means money that will get put back into roads, education, and all other new projects.

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But not everyone was happy as some who were expecting to cash in from EDC were disappointed - especially Uber drivers.

Over the weekend, long backups caused headaches for commuters and Uber drivers like Dave Carpenter.

"We're required to only come in on the freeway; we can't come in on Las Vegas Boulevard to the speedway, and the next off-ramp is an hour wait to get in," Carpenter said.

With the massive crowd, passengers were expected to pay an extra surcharge to get picked up and dropped off on top of regular surge pricing. But the payoff wasn't everything drivers had hoped for.

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Carpenter said he ended up sitting in traffic for 3 hours and only made about 40 to 50 bucks a trip. So an EDC trip wasn't worth it for him.

"For me to make a 3 hour round trip as a self-employed person as we are. It just isn't financially feasible for the gas and the time," Carpenter said.

However, some drivers did say otherwise through posts online, showing they made more than a $100 or $200 per trip.

Carpenter told 13 Action News it was a driver-by-driver decision.

"You have to look at your gas, your time, your payment, and make it feasible for yourself, and that's what I look at," he said.