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Op-Ed: Blame city of Chicago for price gouging of O’Hare suburban taxi riders | Will County Gazette

Give WGN9 credit for a fine investigative report on “The airport hustle: Unauthorized drivers looking to take passengers for a ride.”

WGN undercover reporters described how unlicensed drivers are gouging O’Hare International Airport arriving passengers. One driver wanted to charge a reporter $89-$100 to suburban Naperville when a pre-arranged ride with a legitimate ride costs $50.Even experienced ground transportation riders such as myself get scammed. We thought we were arranging a ride to our suburban home, but ended getting charged $65 for a ride that normally costs $34.The city of Chicago, owner of the airport, boasts how it is trying oh so very hard to prevent the victimization of suburban customers who use the pre-arranged perusal “ground transportation.”Bunk.It is the city of Chicago’s own rules that are the root cause of tens of the atrocious treatment of thousands O’Hare travelers every day. Here’s why.Exit the baggage claim lobby on the lower level of the terminal service road and you’ll find a line of cabs that will take you into Chicago. Standard rates apply. The cabs are waiting there for you to board. Usually little or no waiting.

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Op-Ed: Blame city of Chicago for price gouging of O’Hare suburban taxi riders | Will County Gazette.

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