Consumers take it for granite that a limousine ride will cost a bit more than a taxi ride, because the rider is getting more for his bucks. A limousine is roomier, cleaner, newer. The driver is usually dressed in a uniform, and will open and close the door for the passengers. The trunk has more storage room, and there are other hidden amenities in a limousine ride. All limousines and only a few taxis have gps navigation. This means that limousine drivers know exactly how to reach any destination anywhere without stopping to ask directions. The gps computer navigation even tells them when they have reached the exact address, even on the worst drab, dark, foggy or rainy day. Limousine companies always take advanced reservations and they provide meet and greet at airport, which means if your plane is late they will wait.
But the plain truth is that despite all the advantages of a limousine ride, limo companies can still offer a cheaper ride to the airport from outlying communities. How can this be? To see how this works, you have to know a few facts about the airport tariff system. In most metropolitan cities, there is a published tarrif schedule delineating exactly how much a taxi and a limo can charge when they take passengers from the airport. The limo price is usually a few dollars more than the taxi price for the equivalent ride, but still well worth it considering all the added amenities. In some cities, such as Denver, the published tariff fare applies to passengers traveling to and from the airport. But in other cities, such as Toronto, the tariff fare is only applied to rides from the airport. When riding to the airport, the limousine driver will charge a flat rate, while the taxi driver will run the meter. While the meter rate based on the distance alone might be cheaper, the taxi meter also has a time charge. And when the taxi is stuck in commuter traffic, the meter keeps running, and frequently will arise above the limousine flat fare.
This is the fundamental cause of this hidden budget loophole, but there are additional contributory factors which make the deal even more worthwhile. I learned about these hidden factors from Salman Anwar, the director of Airport Taxi Limo Toronto. Salman told me that riders coming from outlying cities can approach the International Airport via a toll road or a regular road. Toll prices can be tabulated automatically when cars with a special sticker are riding on the toll road. Cars without the sticker must pay more for the toll, because it takes more effort for the state to calculate their fare. All limousines have this sticker. So while their passengers must pay the extra toll, it is minimal. Most taxis, on the other hand, are not equipped with the electronic device. As a result their passengers must either pay the higher tIn fact, according to Anwar, more than 90% of taxi drivers will take the regular route when traveling to the airport. This means a longer ride, with added meter costs.
Anwar provided me with some startling figures that proved his point. The taxi meter will climb the most, he told me, during commuter traffic, when everything moves very slowly. One of the slowest moving roads in Ontario is Route 401. Mississauga, Markham and Pickering are three of the cities which lie along 401. Limousine rides from these three cities costs $35-$55, $55-$65, and $65 respectively. For the same rides the airport taxi price will be as follows. Mississauga airport taxi $35-$60, Markham airport taxi $55-$75, Pickering airport taxi, $75. IN each case, the taxi fare is equal to or more than the limo price! So unbeknown to many commuters traveling to the airport from these cities, they can get a more luxurious limousine ride for the same price or less than the taxi price! A hidden pearl for the budget conscious awaits!
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