For taxi rates it's worth the time to get *Close* and take the first people i find who want a ride at $2.40 a mile.
...............and sometimes you do not need to get near the venue. You get these people who wandered up the street, see a cab and up goes the hand. You miss the traffic, miss the cab queue and get a job just the same.
If I go to a night game at Nationals Park, if GF does not go with me, I park the cab on Capitol Hill and walk to the park. After the game, I walk back up to the Hill, start the cab and start to fish stuff out of the trunk. It is rare that someone who has walked out of and away from the post-game [aggregate intercourse] does not approach me and ask for a ride.