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Orlando Black Car eliminated by Uber

Discussion in 'Licensed' started by Shine'ola, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. Shine'ola

    Shine'ola Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orlando
    Driving:
    UberPREMIUM
    Uber eliminated Black Car services in Orlando last Thursday right as the hurricane was bearing down on Florida. Coincidence ???? I don't think for a second it was a coincidence, Uber intentionally used the timeing knowing that news outlets would be overwhelmed with hurricane news. So Uber demoted the permitted, commercially insured, Black cars to the lowest paying Select in the country, $1.65 a mile. The only place riders could request Black Car service is and was Orlando International Airport (MCO). Every vehicle for hire leaving the airport has to pay MCO $3.30, Uber does not collect/charge the rider for this and the minimum fare was dropped from $20 to $11. Uber of course wants the only cars with permits (only allowed for pick ups at MCO) to continue picking up Uber riders at MCO for them at the same rates newly promoted Camry, Accords, Edge, and a bunch of other everyday cars now get on Select request throughout the city.
     
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  2. OlDirtySapper

    OlDirtySapper Active Member

    Location:
    Peoria, IL
    Driving:
    Taxi
    One more example of the stupidity of Uber. Why would the largest convention city in the US need black car??? I was wondering why my aunt was telling me I couldnt get an uber from MCO. I forget that she would only use black.
     
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  3. mrlasvegas

    mrlasvegas Active Member

    Location:
    Las Vegas
    When did Orlando become the largest convention city in the US?
     
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  4. Mears Troll Number 4

    Mears Troll Number 4 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orlando-ish
    Driving:
    Taxi
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  5. I Drive Select

    I Drive Select Member

    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    Not sure when, but Orlando has over twice the convention space than Las Vegas. The Strip is more condensed, and probably is leader as far as event space VS area, but as a whole, Orange County, FL (Orlando) serves by far more convention goers and has more convention space.
     

  6. OlDirtySapper

    OlDirtySapper Active Member

    Location:
    Peoria, IL
    Driving:
    Taxi
    When they built a like 10 city block convention center on top of all the other **** they already had there. It's also the new San Francisco if you are a gay man. I am gussing thats a side effect of all the convention and service jobs tho.
     
  7. Mears Troll Number 4

    Mears Troll Number 4 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orlando-ish
    Driving:
    Taxi
    Disney is one of the friendliest employers for LGBT people in the country, and Disney directly employees about 60,000 people in Orlando.

    But back to the convention center...
    Some history, The OCCC was funded entirely by a 4% hotel room tax implemented for "tourism improvement" in the 70s.
    The residents of the county put nothing into the convention center and it is funded entirely on Hotel room taxes (as is the citrus bowl)

    according to Wiki
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_County_Convention_Center
    On average, the OCCC hosts approximately one million delegates annually and provides a $1.9 billion total economic impact annually to the Central Florida economy, all at no cost to Orange County Citizens (OCCC is funded by a "tourist development tax" collected on hotel guests).[4]


    Most conventions, and virtually all the biggest, are scheduled to occur during the tourist slow seasons. When the hotels and restaurants aren't as busy.

    The Orlando Convention business grew out of the question of what the heck to do with all these empty hotels 7 months a year...

    There's a lot of smaller venues aside from the OCCC (Orange County Convention Center). Large hotels generally have some kind of Conference space, and they can sell these packages for relatively cheap and the hotels themselves can book a lot more rooms than they would otherwise be able to fill.

    Who goes to Disney world in February?
    Who would go a trade show in February that happens to be in Orlando?

    It's this massive industry that causes the taxi\luxury town car business season in Orlando to not be the summer season but the convention season... go figure huh.
     
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  8. 2Cents

    2Cents Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Otlando
    Has there been any a Select business originating out of MCO post July 1, 2017?
     
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  9. Rakos

    Rakos Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Driving:
    UberXL
    Whew...saved this thread from dyin...
     
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  10. 2Cents

    2Cents Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Otlando
    It probably means people are busy..
     
  11. Shine'ola

    Shine'ola Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orlando
    Driving:
    UberPREMIUM
    absolutely nothing, UberX killed the whole thing, you can't even get a regular XL out of there, I can't figure it out
     
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  12. 2Cents

    2Cents Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Otlando
    Do you at least get a number when you elect the select queue?
     
  13. Shine'ola

    Shine'ola Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orlando
    Driving:
    UberPREMIUM
    yes I decided to test it out after dropping off, the whole thing is a typical Uber scam, your number is something like 58 then 5 minutes later it's 44, after about 30 minutes it's 27 and then....two hours later it goes to 31, this is what I couldn't figure out, I was in the Select q and after 4 hours I get a regular XL, if I was in both then I should have gotten the regular XL a lot sooner, went by the hub and they confirmed it is a waste of time...unless you're X then you can charity drive after waiting an hour, F that and the whole thing
     
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  14. 2Cents

    2Cents Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Otlando
    What did the hub say exactly?
     
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  15. Shine'ola

    Shine'ola Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orlando
    Driving:
    UberPREMIUM
    hub said it takes an average of 3 hours to get one regular XL ride, and up to a day to get a select
     
  16. 2Cents

    2Cents Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Otlando
    Sorry I almost choked when I read this...
    Did you say they said it takes a day to get a Select request?
     
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  17. Shine'ola

    Shine'ola Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orlando
    Driving:
    UberPREMIUM
    yep, I was at the Wawa talking to some guys after I dropped off and one of them got a request, I asked how long did it take, they all said 24 hours
     
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  18. tohunt4me

    tohunt4me Well-Known Member

    Location:
    new orleans , la.
    Hotel taxes RAPE the Tourists here in New Orleans also.
    Uber tax just went up from 50 cents to $1.00 per a ride.
     
  19. 2Cents

    2Cents Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Otlando
    It's ok they will cheat that too.

    That sounds like a challenge...
    ;-)
     
  20. Stripzip

    Stripzip Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Driving:
    UberX
    Vegas has the third largest convention center in the world (Las Vegas Convention center) 9th largest (Sands Expo) and 15th largest (Mandalay Bay)

    Giving Las Vegas 4,240,000 sq feet of convention space. This does not include Orleans, Hampton Inn Trop, UNLV, Cashman center... Or any of the other hundreds of thousands of sq feet of convention space.
    Edit... Vegas has 10.5 million square feet of convention space right now
    https://www.thebalance.com/the-5-most-popular-convention-cities-in-the-us-1888287

    Plus Wynn is adding another million plus in 2018.
    Plus the Las Vegas Convention center is adding another 410,000 sq feet.
    By 2018 winter we will have over 5 million square feet of meeting space.

    And in Vegas adulthood is legal.


    You guys stick to kids, Vegas is for the grown ups
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2017

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