City debuts downtown staging area for Uber drivers

A staging area in Downtown Las Vegas for Uber drivers
Uber staging area Photo credit City of Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - The city of Las Vegas is working to ensure that curbside congestion is managed to provide safe and convenient transportation availability.

On Wednesday, a new staging program was opened up at 455 S. Third St. for drivers operating on the Uber app.

The program gives drivers a place to wait for a ride request, use a restroom or connect to Wi-Fi services while being off the city’s busy streets. The city is partnering with Uber, parking technology company FlashParking, customer support provider Parker Technology and parking operator LAZ Parking to allow drivers with Uber access to the staging area.

Drivers will be able to park free of charge between 4 p.m. on Friday afternoons through 4 a.m. on Mondays. For its first week in operation, access is available starting on St. Patrick’s Day through the weekend.

The garage is located between the Fremont Street Experience and Fremont East corridors on the north and the 18b Las Vegas Arts District to the south.

The program establishes a designated area for drivers to wait for their next passenger and offers a seamless way to access the garage, resulting in less traffic in and around downtown.

Drivers with Uber can gain access to the garages by registering and verifying their status as a driver through their phone. Upon verification, drivers can download the FlashParking app, which provides access during specified hours through Bluetooth or with a digital barcode in the app.

Parker Technology will support the driver experience by using embedded two-way video intercoms to provide highly personalized service at the gates. Parker Technology will also support driver inquiries and service calls via phone and the city’s parking operator, LAZ Parking, will have an attendant onsite to ensure that drivers have a good experience.