Category 5: Transportation
What about local transportation to the DLV activities?
Everybody attending DLV is responsible for their own
transportation to and from the various activities.
others (at the riders' own risk, of course) will usually be available.
Details on transportation options are discussed
on the mailing list and in the Final Attendee Information.
Why was the "Ride Share Program" discontinued.
Mainly because it did not scale well and generated countless
complaints, both from volunteer drivers and those in need of rides.
Our volunteers are unwilling to assume the liability of a more
formal program to provide transportation to the activities.
Those in need of rides and those with vehicles who are willing
to give rides to others are encouraged to use the DLV Discussion
Forum to exchange contact information and coordinate ride sharing efforts.
But I'm new, scared, and I don't know anyone and I won't have a car. What in the world do I do for a ride?
First of all, don't panic. With very rare exception, there will be a
ride available for you.
The biggest problem along this line is finding a ride to your first
If you will not be driving and need a ride, we VERY
STRONGLY suggest that you stay in one of our
suggested hotels so you will be near other attendees who will be willing
to give you a ride.
Well in advance of your first DLV
activity, post a note in the DLV Discussion Forum
explaining that you will be staying in such and such a hotel and
that you will need a ride to some certain activity. With rare
exception, others will respond and offer you a ride.
Once you have made that initial contact, you'll find that it is
very easy to arrange rides with others for the rest of the week.
A few notes about rides ...
- Please accept a ride with another only if you are totally
willing to accept the risks of doing so, and agree that DLV organizers and
attendees will not be responsible if something unexpected
- It is not the responsibility of the listed DLV contact people
to find you a ride. If you phone the DLV contact people and ask
for a ride, you will be told to please take a taxi. (Taking a taxi
in Las Vegas is very "safe", even for beginners.) See below.
I've never taken a taxi in girlmode before. What's the procedure, etiquette, etc.?
At the main entrances of all major hotels there will be a taxi stand. Look
for a sign saying "Taxi Line", "For taxi wait here",
or something similar. Usually this will be very obvious. If you can't
find it, tell the doorkeeper that you need a taxi. Taxis will be picking
up and dropping off guests at all major hotels during all hours.
Join the taxi line at the rear, or step to the front of the taxi
stand if there is no line. Taxis will usually be waiting in a staging
area. You may have to signal by raising your finger to indicate
that you need a taxi. Often times the doorkeeper will blow a whistle
to indicate to waiting taxis that a rider is ready. If no taxis are
ready, wait a while. Taxis drop off and pick up at all major hotels
If you're shy about using your voice to tell the taxi driver or the
doorkeeper where you want to go, write out the address in large
letters on a piece of paper and hand it to the driver or to the
doorkeeper when you are asked where you want to go.
Instructions on what to tell a taxi driver to get to our various
activities will appear on the detailed final schedule.
("Bellagio, and step on it!") :)
It is usually not necessary to tip the doorkeeper for simply
whistling to a taxi for you, but if the door staff assists you
with luggage or something significant, yes, a tip is appropriate.
A taxi driver depends on tips to supplement his/her income, so
it will be highly unusual for a driver to remark about your
appearance or manner of dress.
At the destination, the total fare will be clearly indicated on
the taxi meter. A tip (15% - 20% or so) is expected, but is not
legally required. If the service was good, a tip should be given.
If the driver made any derogatory comments to you, drove recklessly,
or was in any way a jerk, feel free to pay the total on the
Please note that in Las Vegas, taxis are to pick up only at
designated taxi stands or from a radio call. They are not
supposed to respond to a "hail" on the street,
although they sometimes will.
What about the Monorail? The city bus? The shuttles?
The main Las Vegas Monorail is quite "safe" to use and
travels on the east side of the Las Vegas Strip. Ticketing is very
similar to that used on most subways and elevated systems. You buy
a single or multi-ride ticket at a machine and insert it into the
slot at an entrance turnstyle.
For our activities located in venues near the Monorail, the
proper Monorail stop will be noted on our final detailed schedule.
Motorized tramway systems run between the Bellagio, City Center,
and Park MGM, and also between the Excalibur, Luxor, and
Mandalay Bay on the west side of the Strip. These are free and
there are no formalities when boarding or riding. A smaller free
tramway runs between the Mirage and Treasure Island.
Some casinos and other firms operate free shuttles between various
properties. Some are free with
no formalities, while some others require proof of residency such
as a room key or a players club card. Some of these are reported to
be "safe" but circumstances vary between the various
The newer double-decker "Deuce" bus on the Strip and other
major bus routes has been ridden by our attendees with no major
issues reported, but in general, the city bus is only suggested for
those with a high confidence level and significant public exposure
What about ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft?
Our attendees used Uber and Lyft from DLV 2016 forward with no issues.
At our sister event, Pinkfest, several attendees used these
services with no significant issues at all.
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