This picture was taken at my hotel in Vancouver, BC on Saturday. This is only about a third of the mob trying to get a taxi, a process that took me over 30 minutes. The whole thing was made doubly frustrating by another bit of government interference -- about half the taxis that showed up dropping folks off left the hotel empty despite the huge mass of people waiting. Why? Apparently certain airport taxis are not allowed to pick up people in certain areas. So the taxis had to go all the way back to the airport empty, despite the fact that people there were waiting to go to the airport. Absolute madness of crony government intervention.
Yes, I understand that Saturday is "cruise day" and there is a huge spike in demand as these boats load and unload. But this is exactly why Uber would make so much sense. Think about all the folks that have weekday jobs that would love to earn some extra money driving on a Saturday. Uber allows for just this sort of flexibility.