Visiting NYC? Prepare For Price Hikes For Taxis, Uber/Lyft, Bridges, Tunnels, AirTrain, PATH, & More

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is in the middle of NYC’s current transportation transformation. They built a new Goethals Bridge between Staten Island and New Jersey, rebuilt the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, and did extensive renovations on the George Washington Bridge. JFK is getting a $13 billion transformation, LGA is in the midst of an $8 billion renovation and EWR’s Terminal One is being redeveloped. They’re also looking at a replacement for the obsolete Port Authority Bus Terminal.

So when the Port Authority suddenly announces proposed plans for toll and fare increases, is anybody really surprised? Raise your hand if you are. Anyone? Bueller?

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Here’s the low-down on the proposed increases:

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The Newest Tourist Scam, Another Reason Why Southwest Rocks, Why I Want To Visit This Airport, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Oh Great, Uber Drivers Have Another Way To Scam Passengers (But You May Be Able To Get This One Refunded)

Every time I experience or hear about another scam that some UBER drivers participate in, I think I’ve heard it all. So far there’s been:

And these are all things we’ve experienced or others, who also follow the seven rules of being a good Uber/Lyft passenger, have.

But nope, I haven’t heard it all yet, because I just heard of yet another scam invented by ride sharing drivers…

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Uber/Lyft Drivers Have A New Way To Scam Customers & I Think It’s The Most Despicable One Yet

Joe is a fan of Uber and Lyft. I am not. My main concern used to only be if I had to take a ride-sharing ride by myself. I’m a female and, at 4’6″ tall, a pint-sized one, at that. So I just never felt safe taking a ride without someone else with me.

Unfortunately, even if you’re the type of person to follow the seven rules of being a good Uber/Lyft passenger, drivers have figured out ways to try to get more money from their ride customers. One of our Uber drivers in Las Vegas tried to screw us by taking a longer route, which caused our bill to go from $20 something to $40 something. We also wrote about drivers around the world who were falsely reporting their customers made a mess in their car – it’s called Vomit Fraud. Now there’s apparently this new thing that may be making the rounds:

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What’s The Best & Cheapest Way To Go From Point A To Point B In Orlando? It’s Complicated

I see it ALL the time on Facebook groups:

  • “What’s the best and cheapest way to get from WDW to Universal?”
  • “We want to go from the Rosen Inn to Clearwater Beach – what’s the cheapest and best way to do that?”
  • “Best/cheapest way to get from the 192 in Kissimmee to the Vineland Outlet Mall? TIA! x” (the TIA is “Thanks In Advance.” The x at the end is a U.K. thing that I still don’t really understand LOLOL)
  • “We’re going shopping at Disney Springs but have reservations for the 5:15pm Spirit of Aloha Diner Show at the Polynesian Resort Hotel. What’s the best/fastest/cheapest way to get there?”
  • “We’re staying at the Avanti on I-Drive and want to go to Dave & Buster’s. What’s the cheapest and best way to get there?”

Of course, I totally understand what and why people are asking. But the thing is, the proper reply for each of those all depends on where you are and where you’re going. On top of that, cheapest is not always best. And “best,” to be honest, is subjective and will be different for every person – does “best” mean cheapest? Most luxurious? Fastest? Most private?

So let’s go over the different options…

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