Almost a year ago we wrote about Uber starting service in Vegas. After a battle with the Taxi Authority which requested and got a court order for Uber to stop its service and then some new legislation to make Uber possible in Las Vegas, you can now order an Uber in Las Vegas.
— Uber Vegas (@Uber_Vegas) September 15, 2015
I read one report that it cost Uber half a million dollars to start service in Nevada again. Plus, they said Uber requested 7000 drivers from the state which was the max number they could request. No doubt they’re not going to start with 7000 drivers (a lot more drivers than there are cabs in Las Vegas), but I’m sure they just took the opportunity to get while the getting was good.
Based on the Twitter conversation on the announcement Uber will still not be available for pickup at the Las Vegas Airport (McCarren Airport) or from the strip. However, Uber should be able to drop off at the Las Vegas Strip and at McCarren airport. I wonder how many people will walk a block away from their hotel and order an Uber. I can see that happening a lot during CES.
Engadget has an awful article on Uber in Vegas and references travel from “Summerlin in the Southeast and Henderson in the Northwest” (Woops! Got that switched!). You can see some estimated prices for Uber in Las Vegas in Uber’s announcement about the Las Vegas service. Feels a bit pricey, but it is convenient if you’ve never used Uber before.
Welcome back to Las Vegas Uber! Many, many people in the tech startup community have wanted you here for a long time.