Somewhere in West Sacramento

Uber and Lyft have decimated the Taxi industry especially in here in Sacramento. Their large presence as resulted in increased traffic in most cities. At Sacramento International Uber and Lyft was responsible for major backups at the Terminal. As a result they relocated Uber and Lyft pickup locations at the Airport.

Taxi’s are Still Superior

Uber and Lyft drivers rely on Google maps, which funnels users to the same streets. So if your going anywhere in midtown or downtown Sacramento on Lyft and Uber, Google maps is likely to funnel you to one of Sacramento’s busiest thoroughfares  “J” Street. Not Richards, or Q, or any other street. The map doesn’t alert drivers of road construction, closures or traffic.

The average seasoned Taxi drivers know about road construction, alternative routes. The taxi dispatcher often warn drivers of police or fire affecting traffic.

Somewhere in West Sacramento

My Uber was timely. My destination was 4.9 miles, a twelve minutes ride.

My driver confirmed the directions on his phone. That directed him to the I street onramp to I-5 north. To I-80 in Natomas.  The exit google directed  told the drive to take was closed due to night repairs. Onward to the next exit. The plan was to double back. However the Eastbound ramp was also being repaired. The nice voice on the app insisted that we return to the closed ramp. The driver didn’t know where to do. “I almost never come to West Sac” he said, There was no one to call. I told him to take Harbor to I-80. The nice lady in the app was telling him to go one way and I was telling him another confusing him.. Who should he trust? The familiar lady or a frustrated passenger who just might eat him? 36 minutes and 22 miles later I made it to my destination. The original estimate was $8.36. $24.19 was charged to my Visa card.

Recommendations: If you know the city.  Take charge of your ride.  Most Lyft, Uber drivers will follow your directions.  However, there are a few who are willing to find their way on your dime.


Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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