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Taxis to try flat fares from airport to Las Vegas Strip

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Posted at 11:57 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 02:58:19-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Regulators in Nevada have approved a flat-rate fare schedule for taxi trips from McCarran International Airport to three zones on the Las Vegas Strip.

The state Taxicab Authority on Thursday unanimously approved a six-month pilot program, beginning Jan. 1, for an industry facing competition from ride-hailing services and criticism about "long-hauling," or drivers taking roundabout routes to add miles and pad fares.

Authority administrator Scott Whittemore tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that 84% of taxi trips in Las Vegas are from the airport to Strip hotels.

Flat fares will range from $19 to the zone closest to the airport, to $23 for the heart of the Strip, and $27 for a ride to the Stratosphere tower.

Whittemore says the fare structure provides cost certainty and transparency for passengers.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com