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How long do Uber/Taxi drivers have to wait at airport waiting lots and their queues?

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JudgeItoh
205
 Posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Most interested in JFK and LGA, but I'd love to know in general.  Very curious.

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    RPaulson
    558 Driver
     3 years ago

    Have you ever seen one of those pics that have a sea of cars?  Have you ever wondered where they take those? It's usually at airport lots.  It's quite a sight to see.

    Here're two from LGA. Very sad.  

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    AsStibelDude
    667 Driver
     3 years ago

    At Boston Logan, the TYPICAL wait used to be about 3 hours. We used to wait that for real.  In a 12 hour shift, if you do airports only, you can do maybe 3.  Make $40~50 on each trip (if lucky), and then you come out with $150.  

    This has actually improved recently, maybe since about 2015.  They now target about an hour on normal business hours.

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      RickForexman
      4
       3 years ago

      Last time I took a cab out of Chicago Ohare I found out that the driver charges 1.5 times the meter for out of airport rides. This compensates them a little more for time spent in queue.

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        HuhnHuhn
        127 Rider
         3 years ago

        That's right.  Trips from O'Hare to *outside of the city* is charged 1.5x.  That was a bold move they did.  There was a huge uprising around that policy.  People were up and arms about getting off right before the city limits and calling another cab. LOL.

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      JMartensen
      173
       3 years ago

      What did they do to improve it?  Streamlined it?  sounds like a great improvement.

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        AsStibelDude
        667 Driver
         3 years ago

        Actually, it isn't that noble.  They just started capping the # of cabbies that can wait. LOL.

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    CurbDigger
    168
     3 years ago

    THREE HOURS IN QUEUE???  What the heck do drivers do?!!!

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      jbauer
      397 Driver
       3 years ago

      I've done that in the past.  Maybe not 3 hours but 2+ hours at Boston Logan.  You read a book, chat with fellow drivers, play chess, nap, talk on the phone, stretch, eat, sleep again, etc. etc. 

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        CurbDigger
        168
         3 years ago

        Oh, I didn't mean that literally, man.  I am just amazed that you'd wait that long for your fare.  

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    MilanoMinis
    168 Rider
     3 years ago

    As an ignorant customer, I had no idea of this.  How long are the queue anyways?  So if you show up and enter the FIFO line, how many cars are usually ahead of you?

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      SyedAli
      237 Driver
       3 years ago

      There's usually at least 10~20 even on very light days. Typicall, say 30~50?  

      The line can be as long as 100 or more though.  Those are times you give up.  Here's a pic from Miami Airport (MIA).

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        BGraft89
        621 Rider Driver
         3 years ago

        See, you have to understand that the line moves fast when big flights come in.  So there may be 10~15 in front of you ,but when a big plane arrives, those can go in 10 minutes.  Then between the flights, you have no activities. 

        If it's moving in a healthy fashion and also at big airports, maybe 1 car would go every 1~2 minutes on average?  So do the math from there.

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    Bigfrank
    445 Driver Driver Rider
     3 years ago

    I never wait in the lot .It is better to leave and catch a ride because who knows where and who if you decide to wait. Those lots remind me of waiting to go into the slaughter house. 

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    EjiEzeEze
    323 Rider Driver
     3 years ago

    Uber used to display the number of minutes, and it used to be super inaccurate. I'd see 15 minutes and I would wait 30 minutes.  If it says 30 minutes, that's 1.5 hour.  I am not even joking.  The way it did the math was really weird too.  You'd think it's estimating on some simple math, like, "1 minutes per car in front of you", but it wasn't.  It would recalculate your position like GPS would do for your remaining driving time.