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Trip Report A Deuce report etc

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I wanted to give a detailed report on my experience getting around Vegas via taxi vs. Deuce, the public bus system. Upon arrival at the airport, I took a cab to the Bellagio hotel. There was heavy traffic and it took about 20-25 mins and cost $26.

On the return trip, I thought I would try the Deuce, public bus system. I got to the bus stop at 2:15 pm on the Strip right in front of the Bellagio. I was very fortunate and waited only about 3 minutes before one came along. Traffic wasn't bad; it was Thanksgiving day. Cost is $3 for an adult for one trip and $1.50 for kids. My total cost was $4.50 and I had JUST enough bills and change to come up with that; beyond that it was $20s.

We went along Las Vegas Blvd. past Mandalay Bay at the south end and turned left at the LV outlet mall. It stops at 2 malls, the other one being Town Square (?) for those who might want to use it to go shopping. An all day pass is $7. The ride ends at SSTT (South Station Transit Terminal?), a bus depot. Everyone has to get off here. There is much posted guidance on what to do next; I had to ask. They told me to go to Bay 17 for the next bus to the airport. I was getting a little nervous as time was running out. The area was somewhat deserted and a homeless man came out of his way to sit next to us but didn't say anything. Finally, about 5-10 mins later a bus came by that said "not in service". Thankfully, it was our bus and changed signs into service; I believe it was the 108 0r 109.

When I boarded the original bus, since my finances were so precise, I had asked the bus driver if she went straight to the airport. She said yes. I was a little surprised with the setback of switching at SSTT but went with it. I was really shocked when the bus driver then told me I had to pay, again! He asked me for my ticket. I said I had no ticket; she didn't give me one. He said each ride is a single ride and you have to pay again. I'd never experienced that before. Most cities allow a transfer within 1/2 to 2 hour period without additional charge. I would have REALLY been screwed since I had no appropriate bills left. Mercifully, he just waived me back.

We got to the airport terminal at 3 pm, so the whole experience took 45 mins. It was a great cost savings but charging for each segment of the ride makes it less palatable. For those on a budget, you can get the bus upon arrival as well; look for the 108 or 109, it may have the letter A after it, like 108A.

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