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Question regarding travel

zoltan17

Question regarding travel
« on: August 04, 2009, 05:50:04 PM »
How reliable is the cab service in the local area?  We will be staying about 6 miles out from the actual con, and I hear there will be bad construction work on the highways...  I was thinking of taking Marta in, then taking a cab back whenever we get done.  I am worried though, will I have to wait 30 min to maybe get a cab at 2-3AM, or are they pretty quick?  would I be better off just driving in and driving back out?

I'd appreciate any suggestions! 

Thanks

Offline scarfyrre

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Re: Question regarding travel
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2009, 08:34:47 PM »


Cabs are usually already at the hotels, but if not you will have to wait for a bit.  Driving yourself in and out probably isn't a good idea between traffic and police (don't know if you drink, but if you do you don't want to ruin your weekend in Fulton County Jail).  I would say that since it's downtown, the cabs will probably be quicker than anywhere else.

zoltan17

Re: Question regarding travel
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 09:02:18 AM »
Sweet.  I agree, I don't want to deal with any police, We just want to have a good time.  We're just trying to figure the best combination out...  our Hotel is like 2 blocks from the lindbergh train station, so we were thinking of leaving our car, and walking/bussing to the the train station, taking that in, then taking a cab back...  that way we could just leave our car at the Hotel and not pay for parking, and not be tied to marta's 1am deadline...  I don't mind paying for the cab, if I don't have to wait 2 hrs to get one  ;)

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Re: Question regarding travel
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 09:18:52 PM »
Cabs are usually waiting in line at D*Con. I can't vouch for 2AM and on because I have rarely left the hotels after that but I would imagine plenty would be around. It's a big weekend for cabbies.
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Re: Question regarding travel
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2009, 07:52:44 PM »
Last year my brother and I tried both the cab route and driving. We were probably about 6-8 miles away from the con. The cab wasn't bad; especially if we were exhausted and the cost wound up being pretty close to if we had paid to park.

We had nearly run into an issue with almost getting locked into a parking garage (we parked in one two or three blocks from the con) when we were going to head back to our hotel at midnight; though, I don't know that lots closer to the hotels would have that problem.

One reason I would recommend using your own car is if you happen to either costume or buy a lot of stuff it's nice to be able to go back and ditch stuff (or discretely change) since your hotel seems to be a distance away.

Good luck!

Offline Martele d'Acre

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Re: Question regarding travel
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2009, 11:06:50 PM »
These are all good points. We took a cab from the Hyatt to the convention center (probably less than 6 miles) last Spring. It was $25 including tip. That's about what it would have cost to park because we were there for over 6 hours.

You could always negotiate for a flat fee. The cabbies may not offer or accept one.

I do not recommend downtown parking garages if you don't have a downtown room, or plan to leave later than midnight.

Last year my brother and I tried both the cab route and driving. We were probably about 6-8 miles away from the con. The cab wasn't bad; especially if we were exhausted and the cost wound up being pretty close to if we had paid to park.

We had nearly run into an issue with almost getting locked into a parking garage (we parked in one two or three blocks from the con) when we were going to head back to our hotel at midnight; though, I don't know that lots closer to the hotels would have that problem.

One reason I would recommend using your own car is if you happen to either costume or buy a lot of stuff it's nice to be able to go back and ditch stuff (or discretely change) since your hotel seems to be a distance away.

Good luck!
« Last Edit: August 25, 2009, 11:29:06 PM by Martele d'Acre »
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zoltan17

Re: Question regarding travel
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2009, 02:55:52 PM »
I really appreciate the responses!  $20-25 was what I was guessing looking around online, and that sounds like the all-day rate at most of the garages, <not counting marta>...  We're wanting to go to the voltaire show saturday night/sunday morning, so we'll definatly be out past marta's curfew!  ;D and it sounds like it can be a problem getting your car out of some of the garages that early in the morning. 

Thanks again for the info!

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Re: Question regarding travel
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2009, 02:03:22 PM »
First, drinking and driving is definitley an issue.  DON"T DO IT.  The cops have a bad (or maybe good) habit of targeting certain weekends with extra patrols.  And besides, DUI is a dumb idea regardless.

If you have a sober person there is a parking garage that has a walkway to the hotel that I use.  It has a flat fee (three years ago it was $5) for Friday after business hours and for all day the rest of the weekend, so that's pretty cheap.

As someone said, it's great to have a car on-site.  If you're on a budget it can be vital.  I buy a foam cooler and fill it with sodas, beer and snacks because the prices at the hotels are just crazy and not good anywhere downtown.

If you're not on a budget than by all means take a taxi.  I have never had to wait more than a couple of minutes and usually not at all, no matter what time I leave the hotel.  The cabbies know where the business is and they will camp out.

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Re: Question regarding travel
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2009, 11:31:43 PM »
The cabbies know where the business is and they will camp out.
Dittos on that!!
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Re: Question regarding travel
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2009, 12:48:18 AM »
Beside that, the cabbies know that people leaving DragonCon are hardly ever going to be a "mean drunk". They have enough problems dealing with the public, they don't need A-holes.  The veterans know that DC people are in a good mood and even though they may be a bit "playful" they are usually not a problem customer.

So if you use a cab, please be polite to your driver.  The biggest problem is people being TOO nice and assuming that the driver is in a party mood.  He will probably be a professional, so don't be tickling his ears or being too playful - after all, his job is to get you to your destination safely.  So sit back and relax and let him do his job and everyone will have a mellow ride.

Talk all you want but save the shenanigans (that's a technical term meaning horse-play)  for the convention floor.

zoltan17

Re: Question regarding travel
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2009, 03:21:49 PM »
Thanks again for the extra inputs!