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    litcrit
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    litcrit: traffic

    I'll be arriving at McCarren in another week or so for my yearly week long pilgrimage to LV. I always tell the cabbie to take Paradise downtown to GN. Are there any construction projects or detours that would make this a problem this year?

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    Bettie
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    Bettie: Re: traffic

    I try never to travel on Paradise unless necessary (too busy for my taste), but there is currently no construction on Paradise south of Flamingo; I can't be sure of the road north of Flamingo, though I don't recall any problems when I was last on it a few weeks ago.

    Bettie

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    Parker
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    Parker: Re: traffic

    > I try never to travel on Paradise unless necessary
    > (too busy for my taste), but there is currently no
    > construction on Paradise south of Flamingo; I can't be
    > sure of the road north of Flamingo, though I don't
    > recall any problems when I was last on it a few weeks
    > ago.

    I recently drove from downtown to Flamingo and back a few times via Main and Paradise, and don't recall any construction or other problems - not even any falling monorail parts. :-)

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    litcrit
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    litcrit: Re: traffic

    Thanks you guys. The route always saves me a few minutes and a couple bucks over the route through the tunnel cabbies prefer!

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    Jay
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    Jay: Tunnel For Downtown?

    > Thanks you guys. The route always saves me a few
    > minutes and a couple bucks over the route through the
    > tunnel cabbies prefer!

    I know the tunnel is bad if you're staying on the strip, but it would seem to me that it would actually save money for going downtown - no lights or traffic jams on the freeway (during non-peak hours of course). The money sure seems to add up sitting at those long lights.

    Last time I got a town car from LV Limos for $31, not much more than a cab, and no line to wait in. Very comfy.

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    Bettie
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    Bettie: Depends

    It depends on the time of day/day of the week. It can get pretty clogged between the beltway and Flamingo (I rarely go further North than that). While I was initially suprised to hear that litcrit was using Paradise to get downtown, upon further reflection, it made sense to me (as long as there's no Paradise construction).

    Bettie

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    Buick Riviera
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    Buick Riviera: Re: Tunnel For Downtown?

    > Last time I got a town car from LV Limos for $31, not
    > much more than a cab, and no line to wait in. Very
    > comfy.

    Ditto for my last trip to MSS. Recommended if you don't mind the extra $8 or so.

    Buick

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    Parker
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    Parker: Agreed

    > Ditto for my last trip to MSS. Recommended if you
    > don't mind the extra $8 or so.

    Personally, I don't even like to mess with cabs. If you want to go classy, take the Town Car as mentioned. Sometimes you even get lucky - the last time I did this, they didn't have any Town Cars available, and sent a stretch limo - for the same price!

    Of course, the true cheapskate will simply take one of the many shuttles from the airport to downtown - about $5 each way.

    All things considered, I still feel that a rental car is the way to go. On my most recent trip, I stayed downtown and the rental car sat in the parking garage for 2 days before I left downtown, but I was still glad to have it when I needed it.

    Someone looking at the trip primarily from an AP perspective should also consider the time element. Using shuttles, cabs, buses, etc., is very time-consuming and cuts into time at the tables, thus decreasing trip EV. I can usually find a rental car for around $20/day, which just seems like a good investment.

    Also, the rental car doesn't expect a tip. :-)

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    litcrit
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    litcrit: Re: Agreed

    The other side of that coin is that the cabs drop you right at the casino's front door. No parking nor walking from a parking lot to get to the tables. I never considered myself a 'true cheapskate' but rather pretty self-indulgent. Yet I do take the CAT and cabs around town when I'm there, partly for the money, but more from laziness. I like to spend as much time as i can at the tables and as little time as possible getting lost on streets i'm not familiar with especially in the abominable traffic there. This is actually a discussion that has taken place many times --- whether to rent a car or cab/busit in las vegas.

    . . .'Everyone to his own taste,' said the old lady as she kissed the cow.'

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    Jay
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    Jay: This Time Of Year

    I also tend to use the CAT for my strip excursions - the $5 24-hour pass is a terrific bargain. However, in the Summer heat, standing around at the stops can be a bit uncomfortable. For the trip we're taking next week I am actually considering renting a car for the 1st time in Vegas. It would give us a chance to check out some off-strip casinos in the comfort of air conditioning. The only non strip/downtown/Boulder Hwy casinos I've been in are Palace Station, LVH, and Tuscany. Would like to check out the Hard Rock, Palms, Rio, GVR perhaps? A rental would make that a lot more efficient in travel time & expense.

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