The lines for a taxi at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) are getting long, ridiculously long.
And this could not be a better litmus test of how the local taxi industry is fairing and a testament to why BC needs ride share.
These lines outside the terminal building can be so long that they wind around into queues of over 300 people waiting for an hour.
And if you are in this line, you may have shared your fury in an angry tweet to @YVRAirport to ask why this is acceptable.
But there is only so much the Vancouver Airport Authority can do, as this part of their reputation (and Vancouver’s collective reputation) to tourists is at the mercy of the taxi industry and the provincial government.
No one has patience for this. Not me or the cold children or the woman he just let cut the line. International arrivals at 10pm is not the time or place.
— BdblE (@MsYouDoYou) March 17, 2018
YVR is continuously rated as the best airport in North America (there should be no debate on this if you have visited other airports on the continent), and airport officials have made all the right moves for our economic benefit and ability to globe trot.
Except when regular people have to wait 45 minutes for a taxi. We need Uber here… can you do something about it?
— Austin Woodward (@VancityAustin) April 24, 2018
There are more flights than ever before that link Vancouver with important destinations around the world, and this will only grow in the coming years. On YVR’s part, terminal expansions and other improvements costing $9.1 billion are already underway to ensure supply meets demand.
However, the same cannot be said for the taxi industry, which has proven time and time again that it is unwilling to have supply meet the actual demand to support the city’s growing economy. Whether it be meeting the rising number of passengers at the airport and cruise ship terminal, an increase in the number of events in downtown, or just simply general population growth and the growing tech-oriented business community.
While the Canada Line is a growing alternative option, it simply does not have the capacity to take on the entire taxi shortfall serving the airport, especially passengers hauling multiple pieces of large luggage. And of course, transit may not be the most convenient way of getting around to certain areas of the Lower Mainland.
“YVR is experiencing record passenger growth and we are seeing an increased demand from our customers to provide additional ground transportation options,” YVR spokesperson Tess Messmer told Daily Hive.
“YVR supports any efforts to modernize and improve British Columbia’s transportation system if it is enacted in a way that creates a level playing field between the current taxi industry and new providers such as rideshare companies. In the meantime, we are working closely with the taxi industry to address the shortages we’re seeing at YVR.”
So if you need any more proof on why there needs a complete overhaul of the taxi industry and the implementation of rideshare, here is a selection of photo tweets from the last two years that express an indignation:
— Lance Howitt (@lancehowitt) March 26, 2018
— Kristi Miller (@MillerKristiL) May 4, 2018
There’s a huge line (not pictured) just get into the taxi line (pictured) at YVR. Good thing we don’t have Uber/Lyft tho pic.twitter.com/WOyZOeHTA9
— Mike Halford (@HalfordTSN) June 12, 2017
This is the lineup you have to wait in just to get into the second lineup for a taxi at YVR pic.twitter.com/2N1AybfpIb
— Mike Halford (@HalfordTSN) June 12, 2017
— Sukh Sidhu (@Sukh_Sidhu_) July 11, 2018
— Ethan Faber (@ctvethanfaber) July 15, 2017
Over 100 + people in the taxi lineup at YVR tonight- is time for ride share in @CityofVancouver ? With sleepy kids, heavy bags and a 25 minute walk from sky train- transit is not an option. pic.twitter.com/NpzUkcD2tu
— Janet Moore (@janetmoo) July 16, 2018
What @bcndp delay on #ridesharing is leading to: Colleague arrives at #yvr 11pm last night – at least 100 people standing in line for taxi – 2 or 3 cabs every 5 minutes coming by to collect some people. This sends an embarrassing signal to the world. #bcpoli pic.twitter.com/HkQS0zi7WN
— Andrew Weaver (@AJWVictoriaBC) July 22, 2018
— pwbarron (@pwbarron) June 4, 2018
— Mark Urwin (@46southFishco) May 8, 2018
Lineup for taxis at YVR tonite at 11:30PM. pic.twitter.com/DQpx5O1PDQ
— theSearcher (@WaddellRube) July 20, 2018
— Renu Bakshi (@RenuBakshi) December 31, 2017
Came home from Hawaii to this line at 11:30pm. Some ppl were in shorts and freezing. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/jlbPtFIXtI
— Kirk (@kirkjong) December 31, 2017
— cate (@bar10daa) March 2, 2018
— michelle chan (@chanmichellec) July 16, 2018
— Chris Breikss (@chrisbreikss) February 5, 2017
— Austin Woodward (@VancityAustin) November 10, 2017
— Barry (@barry416) April 27, 2018
— Neil M (@neelmalik) October 21, 2017
— Rick Anderson (@RickAnderson) February 22, 2018
— Pippa Reed (@pippa_reed) June 24, 2018
— Bruce Irvine (@UrbanIrvine) September 18, 2017
— Kelsey_M (@Kels_M) December 27, 2017
Yesterday afternoon taxi line up at domestic arrival yvr, and the uber fight continues… pic.twitter.com/f7oD1XOFVr
— haleh (@haleh_sh) May 8, 2018
— Chris Delanoy (@SkyHighYYC) June 16, 2018
— Tony Lee (@psi888) June 16, 2017
— Louise A. DeGagné (@studio_8b) July 17, 2018
— Reid Robinson (@HootReid) March 6, 2017
— Julie pe (@Juliepe13) July 10, 2017
@CityofVancouver you’re really telling me this city doesn’t need @Uber and @lyft? Currently in a 30 person lineup at @yvrairport and not a single cab in sight. Seriously let’s get with the times. #bcpoli #uber @CTVVancouver @GlobalBC pic.twitter.com/ta21Umdrd4
— Kristina Herder (@rondosa) June 29, 2018
— Hilary Antonson (@Hils0621) June 22, 2018
— Susie Heath (@SusieAMHeath) August 8, 2017
— FactsRFacts (@squamish_watch) November 3, 2017
— Ric Mazereeuw (@rmaz) September 18, 2016
— Brian Webb (@br_webb) April 8, 2018
— Kerri Farrell (@Kerrilynn81) May 7, 2018
Vancouver YVR has no uber and only one taxi. One insane line up to get a cab. pic.twitter.com/GD4SXh7YV3
— Dom Caruso (@domcaruso) May 24, 2018