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    jackson
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    Good day.

    I landed at CMH and got in line to take a cab home. I found that there is a $3 surcharge which ends up being almost 20% of the total cost. I asked the attendant if I could call a cab myself. He said no. That if I wanted to take a cab from the airport I can only get one from the line. My cab driver confirmed this when he dropped me off.

    Is this true? Does this make sense? Thanks.

    #539574

    roy
    Participant

    There’s usually a pamphlet explaining the rates and how to contact the regulatory agency located in the taxi you can take with you, this link might help:

    http://flycolumbus.com/to-from-port-columbus/taxis/

    #539575

    pez
    Participant

    There is a $3.00 airport surcharge imposed by the airport, any cab authorized to use that airport facilities will charge it.

    Click to access customerrights.pdf

    #539576
    Snarf
    Snarf
    Participant

    Having taxis there readily available is worth something.

    #539577

    Twixlen
    Participant

    It’s also something that seems pretty common at other airports. The charge may not be so blatant, but it’s there. Cabbies have to pay beaucoup extra to even get to be an airport cabbie, I think.

    #539578

    Mercurius
    Participant

    Twixlen said:
    It’s also something that seems pretty common at other airports. The charge may not be so blatant, but it’s there. Cabbies have to pay beaucoup extra to even get to be an airport cabbie, I think.

    What’s not common is no public transportation at all. You can’t take COTA from the airport to the convention center. I don’t think COTA goes to the airport at all?

    #539579

    geoyui
    Participant

    Mercurius said:
    What’s not common is no public transportation at all. You can’t take COTA from the airport to the convention center. I don’t think COTA goes to the airport at all?

    COTA does serve the airport:

    Public Bus Service/COTA to CMH[/url]

    #539580

    mrpoppinzs
    Member

    geoyui said:
    COTA does serve the airport:

    Public Bus Service/COTA to CMH[/url]

    To get there from the convention center it takes an hour, one transfer and a half mile walk.

    http://goo.gl/maps/xdo23

    #539581

    peter
    Participant

    To get there from the convention center it takes an hour, one transfer and a half mile walk.

    That is a damn shame and an embarrassment. It’s a 12-minute drive. How is possible that there’s no direct COTA bus? Who’s running the show over there?

    #539582

    Cbusbill
    Participant

    Could be that most folks attending conventions from out of town will use shuttles provided by the downtown hotels, rather than haul their luggage onto a COTA bus.

    #539583

    RhondaH
    Member

    Even with a convention there would probably be a lot of different travelers coming in at different times on different flights. I was surprised there was no easy way to get to downtown on a bus when I first came to Columbus.

    #539584

    DTown
    Participant

    Cbusbill said:
    Could be that most folks attending conventions from out of town will use shuttles provided by the downtown hotels, rather than haul their luggage onto a COTA bus.

    Yeah, I’m a bit fuzzy on this myself. Who flies into town on business and looks to hop on board a city bus to take them to their hotel?

    I mean, where would it even stop? At the convention center? How does that help someone staying off-property? It wouldn’t be worth the few bucks more a taxi costs. Its cheap and easy to get downtown, that’s why bus service isn’t necessary.

    I’m way for better public transportation here, but I don’t think sub $20 cab rides from CMH to downtown hotels are going to put off many corporate travelers.

    #539585

    mrpoppinzs
    Member

    I am pretty sure most major cities worth their salt have a mass transit solution directly connecting downtown with the airport.

    Personally I think there should also be a free COTA connector service line on High St.

    Rubber tire trolley – bridge the gap before light rail

    #539586

    NerosNeptune
    Participant

    I agree it isn’t great for corporate travelers or convention go-ers, but I’ve certainly found myself wishing there was bus service to the airport.

    #539587

    SusanB
    Participant

    I was just in DC for a conference last weekend and of course I took the Metro to my hotel in Dupont Circle. So yes, in other cities people do take mass transit from the airport. I have done the same in Montreal, Baltimore, Atlanta, NYC, and Boston many times.

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