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Uber celebrates year of operation in Nevada

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An Uber mobile application dedicated to Las Vegas is shown in this undated photo. (FOX5) An Uber mobile application dedicated to Las Vegas is shown in this undated photo. (FOX5)
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Uber has now been offering rides in Nevada for a year. You can know use Uber, and competitor Lyft, at all casinos, and despite protest from the Taxi Cab Authority, at the airport as well.

If you’ve never used it, you simply download the Uber app to your smartphone, put a form of payment on file, and order your ride. Users say it’s a cheap way to get around town and combats impaired driving.

“It’s cheaper, faster than taxis,” Uber user Courtney Pringle said.

“It’s a milestone. It’s been a tremendous year for us. We’re so thankful,” Uber spokesman Taylor Patterson said.

Uber on Friday held a party to thank drivers for their service. That’s where we found Guillermo Barahona. He’s been driving for Uber for a year. He said Las Vegans were hesitant about the service at first.

“It’s been quite interesting. At first, people were like, ‘Are you trustworthy?’” he said.

Friday marked the first day on the job for another driver, who wished to be identified as Thomas.

“[It’s] something to do on my days off. Make some extra money,” he said.

Thomas said it’s been great except for one glitch.

“The only problem I’ve had today is this (GPS). It keeps sending me on a wild goose chase,” he said.

Uber wouldn’t immediately say how many Nevadans have used the service during the first year.

Uber has recently introduced new services, such as UberEATS, a meal delivery service.

Patterson said Uber is working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Rape Crisis Center to prevent drunken driving and to get rides to people in dangerous situations.

The only complaint about the ride-sharing service is surge pricing. When there’s a lot of demand, the app reflects an increase in cost.

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