How Taxi Meters Determine Your Fare

Taxi MeterIn simple terms, a taxi meter measures distance and time. Those measurements are used together to determine the fare. Every area has their own per mile and charge per wait time. There may also be additional charges added in such as extra passengers or if the driver has to help you with bags (grocery bags or perhaps luggage). These are add on charges that the taxi drive can enter directly on the meter so that they are calculated in with the total fares.

Distance and Time – nevertheless, regardless of where the taxi operates, the taxi meter will always measure the distance the cab travels, plus any wait time. If you think about it, compensating the driver for his time is only fair. That way, the driver does not lose money when they are stuck in heavy traffic. This is the reason why a taxi ride from point A to point B may will cost you more when there’s heavy traffic,e even though the distance covered is the same.

The Nitty Gritty – electric pulses are sent to the taxi meter to measure both distance and time. To obtain the distance traveled, the meter relies on a sensor attached to the cab’s transmission. Every time the taxi travels a given distance, the sensor sends an electric pulse to the meter . Inside the meter itself is a timer that sends out a pulse when a specific amount of time passes. Pulses come from either sensor at intervals that are smaller than the fare interval. For example, a taxi might charge you based on every 200 yards traveled, but the distance meter will pulse each and every yard. When the meter gets 100 pulses, it adds to the amount of the total fare.

Example Fare – here is an example of a hypothetical fare in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The fair begins at $2.00 to pick you up. Every 1/9th of a mile will cost you 25 cents. For every minute the cab sits, another 25 cents is added to the fare. However, it gets a little more complicated in Real traffic conditions. In a typical cab ride in Gulf Shores, you’ll deal with traffic that is constantly stopping and going. To deal with stop-and-go traffic, meters combine calculations from both the time and the distance sensors, adding which pulse — time or distance — comes first. Remember, the pulses get sent more frequently than the actual distance or wait time. So, if you are waiting 30 seconds in traffic and then travel two blocks in Gulf Shores, the taxi meter will merge the two and add 50 cents to the fare: 25 cents for the distance traveled and 25 cents for the time spent waiting.

Why Use a Direct Transfer Shuttle Service

Shuttle ServiceDirect Transfer Versus Shared – most airports will provide two types of shuttle services, Direct Transfer and Shared Shuttle. A shared shuttle service is for the most part, offered in larger markets The shared shuttle will typically have assigned pick up areas within a specified radius of the airport and travel a specific route, picking up passengers on the way to the airport. This type of service resembles a city transit service. Door to Door service is occasionally offered at a higher premium.

Direct Transfer Shuttle Service – will typically pick you up at the airport and bring you directly to your destination or the reverse. The Direct Transfer offers door to door service. With a direct transfer service, it is usually not also a shared type service. A direct transfer service will usually provide you with more luxury and comfort than would a shared shuttle service.

Shared Service – the rates for a shared shuttle transportation will be similar to bus transportation rates, whereas the cost to take a direct shuttle should be comparable to what an airport taxi would charge. With that being said, with any type of shuttle service, you will usually get a better rate than a taxi. A taxi charge is based on the ending meter reading, whereas a shuttle service will normally quote you a flat rate, being the total trip cost.

3 Good Reasons to Use an Airport Shuttle

Airport TransportationWith all the thought that goes into making travel reservations, often times there is no thought or consideration when it comes to arranging transportation to or from the airport. If you are doing even an average amount of traveling, an airport shuttle service can provide you with great value, the benefit of knowing your cost in advance and the advantage of not having to pay high airport parking fees.

Great Value – Whether you decide to go with a shared or direct transfer shuttle service, you will almost always get a better value than taking a standard airport taxi. A shared service shuttle will almost always provide you with a better rate than a direct transfer shuttle service since you are sharing a ride with other passengers and making multiple stops. You also will also sacrifice the benefit of having door to door service. A direct transfer shuttle gives you the option of getting a luxurious and comfortable ride at a bargain bargain price. Direct transfer shuttles typically offer vehicles that are a step up from a standard airport taxi. They commonly provide more cargo space, extra vehicle ammentities and better overall comfort.

Arranged Price – When you hire an airport shuttle service, you will know the rate in advance. This will allow you to do some shopping around and get the best rate available.

Airport Parking Fees – Parking fees around the country have been steadily increasing. Thus, more and more travelers are realizing that it just makes better economic sense to pay a shuttle service for transportation to and from the airport and leave airport parking fees out of the equation. A typical daily charge to leave your car at the airport is around $10.00. Leaving your car at the airport for just a week, can cost you more than what a shuttle service would cost you for your transportation to and from the airport.