Originally published in the S.F. Examiner on June 12, 2019.
I’ve never been much of an airport player. I prefer to work The City.
Even before the new system limiting which medallions can operate at SFO, I lacked the patience required to wait three hours in the holding lots, hoping for a decent ride once finally reaching the terminals.
Even though the prospect of a long haul can be tantalizing, you’re just as likely to end up with a Burlingame. And while a short allows you get to cut to the front of the line on returning, if the airport isn’t moving, it’s a small consolation.
Plus, I get restless easily. Back when I used to try my luck at the ‘port, I’d go stir crazy idling in the wiggle and donut lots, while drivers stood around discussing their ride prospects like oddsmakers at an OTB.
Last Thursday night, though, after the theater crowd dissipates and my only shot at a fare is a random flag or a radio order while circling through SoMa, the TL and the Mission, I see an unusual post on Hackers: “Cabs needed at SFO!”
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[photo by Douglas O’Connor]
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Interesting story. I live in Burlingame, imagine how we feel telling the driver where we are going and getting attitude like he explains. I guess we should just walk? I’m glad Lyft came along!