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Lots of Traffic! Hire a car service!

I came across this article the other day

Just another reason to hire a car service

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8 BILLION hours in traffic!!

Call me today if you are coming into Tampa Bay Florida and I will be glad to drive you through the traffic and provide complimentary snacks and beverages along the way.

From KFOR News Channel 4

Americans were stuck in traffic for 8 billion hours in 2015

NEW YORK – Pity the Angeleno with a crosstown commute.

Los Angeles has the worst traffic of any U.S. city in terms of average time wasted per commuter, according to a 2015 traffic scorecard from transportation analytics firm INRIX.

Los Angeles snagged the top spot with 81 hours spent in traffic per commuter in 2015.

Residents of Washington, D.C. and San Francisco were a little better off – but not much. They tied for second with 75 wasted hours per year.

It’s not all bad news, however.

INRIX said increased traffic often comes hand-in-hand with economic advances.

“Cities that have experienced the most economic improvement during the past year are at highest risk for consequences related to worsened traffic conditions, including reduced productivity, higher emissions and increased stress levels,” the company said in a news release.

INRIX said commuters spent more than 8 billion extra hours of traffic across the U.S. in 2015.

Here’s the complete ranking of time wasted per commuter:

  • Los Angeles – 81 hours/year
  • Washington, D.C. – 75 hours
  • San Francisco – 75 hours
  • Houston – 74 hours
  • New York – 73 Hours
  • Seattle, Wash. – 66 hours
  • Boston – 64 hours
  • Chicago – 60 hours
  • Atlanta – 59 hours
  • Honolulu – 49 hours

How do those commute times compare to European cities? Only London ranked higher than Los Angeles, with 101 hours of delay per user.

And here is a photo of traffic I was in on 3-15-2016 @ 5:40pm near the Rocky Point area of Tampa FL.
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Flying Into Tampa Bay/St. Pete FL?

Hello to you!

Are you planning to fly into the Tampa Bay Area?

I can pick you up or I will arrange with one of our other 10 capable drivers/Chauffeurs to do so if I am busy.

$65 for 1-4 passengers and $85 for 5-7 passengers and luggage

**4 passengers with excessive luggage will require a SUV at the $85 rate

That is our typical fare from the Tampa International Airport to Pinellas County Beaches such as:

St. Pete Beach FL, Treasure Island FL, Madeira Beach FL, Redington Beach FL, Indian Rocks Beach FL.

Are you going to the Carillon area? That fare is $45 – $55 depending on where you are going, just ask and I will tell you the fare upfront.

Please also ask on pricing for the Tampa FL area

No surprises and No Surge Pricing! Our Pricing is in print, in black & white.

I even carry complimentary cold beverages and snacks. If you need something specific please ask when booking.

We will meet and greet you in the Main Terminal or pick you up at curbside which ever you prefer.

Give me a call today or email me and lets get you to the beaches! :-)!

We are affiliated with a long time local transportation company that has been in business 35 years, BATS Taxi & Town Car Company of St. Pete Beach.  See us on TripAdvisor!

We are properly licensed, insured and have Level 2 Backgrounds checked which means we have been blueprinted and a thorough background check performed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff and St. Petersburg FL Police Departments.

Thank you, 

Lance Greene – Professional Driver TC#6 – Available 24/7/365

Mobile #: 727-288-1545

Email: lgreene@batstaxi.com

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EASTER BRUNCH, APRIL 5th!

Be Safe and Thoroughly Enjoy Easter Brunch on April 5th!

Reserve my services today! (727)-288-1545

Here are a few ideas for Brunch

Jackson’s Bistro Tampa

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The Birch & Vine @ The Birchwood Inn

St. Petersburg, FL.

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The Sirata Hotel – St. Pete Beach FL.

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Rusty Pelican Tampa

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Call Me Today!

Arrive in Style on April 5th for brunch!

(727)-288-1545

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A Pizza Review……Yep……Pizza! Mario’s Pizza Bar – Clearwater

OK so I will make this brief and simple

I love love love pizza.

I pass by this fairly new place in Clearwater at 12924 49th St North all the time and never stop. Recently I decided to give them a try.  Well I have now gone there 4 times and will continue. 

I do not receive anything from or for doing this review…I just really like the place.

They have the pizza set up as in the photo here and serve slices, my wife and I like that because then we can try a few different varieties.  It is great!  The last time we had one of their egg plant slices (so yummy) better then I even could have imagined.  I thought egg plant would have been horrible and we loved it!  We also had a cheese slice and a “Chicago” slice……my wife and I were both like kids sitting at our table going to town on the pizza, she couldn’t believe that she liked the red sauce on the Chicago so much!

Nothing ever lasts in this location, but I sincerely believe and want this place to stay.

Mario’s Pizza Bar has the most awesome pizza I have had anywhere, including in Chicago and or my hometown in Minnesota.  They have different pizza than your average shop.  They make their own sauce every morning with fresh plum tomatoes. My wife, who is not a red sauce lover…..really likes their “Chicago” pizza. It is unbelievable!

For those of you who partake, Mario’s also has a full bar and outdoor seating.

Because I am usually on a hurry when I go there I always have gotten my pizza to go except once, on my first time there.  I really like this place because the service is also great and the restaurant/bar is clean and fresh.

It’s a nice, comfortable place.

Please patronize Mario’s…you will love the Pizza!  

They tell me they also have excellent lasagna. 

Tonight, we had….a cheese slice, a spinach & ricotta slice and the meatball slice…..all yummy!

Bon Appetit!

:-))! 

Mario’s Pizza Bar

12924 – 49th St N, Clearwater, FL 33762

727-791-3949

Mario’s on Facebook

www.mariospizzabar.com

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Festivals Of Speed – Tampa & St. Petersburg Florida

www.festivalsofspeed.com

Will you be going to the Festivals Of Speed in either Tampa or St.Petersburg or both?

Go in style and reserve my services today! I provide many extras in my car. A service many appreciate.

Friday March 6th – 8pm-11pm – Tampa Bay Automobile Museum – VIP Cocktail Reception

Sunday March 8th – 10am-4pm – Vinoy Park – 250+ Exotic Vehicles on display

Call today and reserve now!

Direct Mobile#: 727-288-1545

OR

BATS Town Car Dispatch Line: 727-360-2820 (Please request TC#7)

(If I am booked please ask to reserve Tim #9 or Ken #4)

***If you have 4 or more people please ask to be booked with Tim in TC#9 as he drives a full sized Suburban

THANK YOU!  See you soon!

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It’s A Small World After All……

So, ok, I drive an Executive Car as a chauffeur in the Tampa Florida area. I meet people from all over the world.

When I was young, in elementary school and high school I spent a couple of short stints living in Canada in Windsor, Ontario and in Toronto, Ontario. I am from the USA.

When I lived in Toronto I went to Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute (high school) in 1975-1976.

As I pick up customers to bring them from or to the Tampa airport I always wonder if I will meet someone I know from one of the schools I attended in Canada.

Well, it finally happened…….twice!

A few weeks ago I picked up a customer from Clearwater Beach going to the airport to pick up her daughter.  As we spoke I found she was from Toronto, from Scarborough, the same area I lived in.  As we spoke more we found we had gone to the same school!  Sir Wilfred Laurier!  It was cool, very cool. Small world.

Then again, this last Wednesday, I picked up 3 women going from St. Pete Beach, FL to the Tampa Airport. When they got into the car I stated to one of them that she looked familiar, they all chuckled and stated…..”OH we are not from here!”  It was funny.

I asked, well where are you from?  They said Canada….Toronto Canada.  I stated I had lived there also and the one asked where I had lived. When I stated Scarborough, Ontario they all were now shocked and laughed sayong thats where they were from and lived now.  THE BEST PART???!!  One of them was actually a teacher at my school, Sir Wilfred Laurier in the 60’s, anothers Mother was a teacher when I was there and the third lady????  SHE actually lived in my very same neighborhood that my family lived in when I was there!!!

WOW!!  It was sooo cool!  They knew one of my teachers by the name of Diane Lang, my Math teacher…she was awesome by the way.  They also knew my band teacher of who I just am not able to recall his name.

Then they told me about the upcoming Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute’s 50 Year Reunion!  I laughed and told them I actually got the notice from Classmates.com!!  THAT was hilarious! We all got a laugh out of that! Then they asked if I recalled when the reunion was going to be because they had not heard yet!  LOLOL….is that not funny???!

So I tried to find the email about it and of course I could not, figuring I had deleted it since I would not be able to attend.  The ladies thought it would be funny to hear about the dates for the reunion from someone who had gone to the school and was now in Tampa Florida.  I thought so too! We got a great laugh out of that thought.

Soooooo, after I dropped them off at the airport it was driving me crazy and I looked frantically for the email and found it.  I parked in the parking garage at the airport and went in to find them inside the airport. I located them still at the ticket counter and walked up to them….they were of course surprised to see me. I stated the dates for the reunion and showed them the email!  It was awesome and we all laughed.  They got a big kick out of it!

Another great day on the job as a chauffeur in Tampa Bay Florida…..another great day of laughs!

It’s A Small World After ALL :-))!

Cannot beat that!

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Seeking Corporate Clients

My specialty is the Corporate Client – If you need a driver who is licensed, level 2 background checked and approved, on-time, professional, courteous, goes the extra mile….literally :) and carries extra items in the car for the client, then you have come to the right place.

I am currently seeking new Corporate Clients who desire safe upscale treatment for themselves and their business clients. 

With extensive experience owning my own elite corporate/celebrity limousine service in Minnesota in the past, I ensure you will receive above and beyond service, professional and confidential. I know when to talk and when not to. 

Living in Clearwater, FL., I can easily get anywhere in the Pinellas and Hillsborough County areas.

I would be happy to meet with you so you may get to know me before you book with me.

Simply give me a call, I am on-call 24 hours per day and I have two other team members who can help out also when needed. Full sized Suburban also available.

Direct Mobile: 727-288-1545

Lance Greene TC#7

Providing Directions To Your Hired Driver…

As a driver, although we drive all over Gods Little Green Acres each day, it is difficult to know every street, nook and cranny everywhere…..however we know many many of them. Sure, we have and use GPS, but personally I do not care for using GPS all the time.  I prefer to pull up a Google map and memorize where I need to go since I basically know the area anyway.

The key is, your driver most likely knows all the main roads to get very close to your actual destination, but maybe we might just need your help once in a while getting down the little side streets that jog here and there through a neighborhood. Directions at this point are appreciated and can be very helpful as gps can be distracting I feel, although I do use it if needed.

My point here is this, a suggestion to you is to please keep your directions to a minimum and limited to primarily when your driver is close to your destination.  Please do not give him/her turn by turn directions, simply provide to the driver where they need to end up.  There are reasons for this, mostly is that the professional driver is thinking about more things than just the physical address and we are thinking about different things than when you personally drive yourself to the same location, whether it is your home or business. 

What the driver thinks about:

So you have hired a driver to take you somewhere and make sure you get there easily, comfortably, safe and in style.  However, you feel compelled to provide directions even if the driver does not ask.  This is normal.

Here is the problem……

When you the customer provide directions you give them based on how you drive to the location and what you do on your way there. Professional drivers think about numerous other things and take routes based on a number of factors. Maybe you take a certain road because you stop at your favorite store, dry cleaners or coffee shop and do other errands on the way when needed.  If you/we stop along the way, you will enter the shopping area for example from a certain direction because it is simply the way you like to go.  Once you get there you park.  That is the difference….you park.  We do not.

Example: Shopping Center: You need to stop on the way to pick up some supplies for a meeting at the office which we will end up at.  You know the shopping center and you go a specific way all the time because it works for you. BUT, when you get there….again…..you park.  The thing is, the driver knows the shopping center location also and he/she starts their planning much before they get there.  We will most likely take a different street to get there….why?  Because we need to make sure we end up entering what ever location it is on the correct side.  Correct side you ask?  Yes.  The professional driver wants to make sure they enter on the side that has you closest to the curb when exiting the car for your safety. We do not want you to have to cross the parking lot or a lane where other vehicles are coming through.  In addition, we may go around the block instead of taking a direct street because we do not want to have to cut across traffic. It is much more efficient and safer to go around the block and come in on the proper side making all right turns.  This is also something UPS found helped safety and fuel efficiency.

Specific Roads: This may be repetitive, but again, the professional driver most likely takes a different route than you do or may be used to.  The reason is we drive the roads every day all day long.  The professional driver knows where the accidents have been that day, where the snarls have been etc and will take a different route to avoid any “possible” safety or time issues.  Many drivers will take a certain route because it suits the way we drive and also because it will possibly give you a more comfortable ride with less stop lights. We strive to go the routes with less stop and go.

Bottom line?  We appreciate the directions when we are close to an unfamiliar destination, as we cannot know all of them and we see so many.  However, we are concerned with many other things along the way and once we arrive that you may not be, so please leave the nitty gritty up to the driver.  If the driver states that they usually go a certain way, please do not say that it is much easier your way….because most likely for the driver it is not easier and not safer for you or the driver.

Bottom line?  It is the safety we are after.

Comfort and style happens when you arrive safe.

Thank you!

Just thought it looked cool……:-))!

***DISCLAIMER*** The opinions, thoughts, statements and feelings that I post on these blogs are mine (Lance Greene) and mine only. In no way, shape or form do they reflect the opinions or feelings of Bat’s Taxi & Town Car Service of St. Pete Beach, FL.

Just a fun little posting…….

OK, so I was sitting at the Tampa International Airport today in the Cell Phone waiting lot and in comes this limousine. I thought it looked cool.  The thing is once I had sent the picture to my wife and also a friend of mine after verrrrrry briefly browsing their website and not really seeing it all…..my wife emails me and tells me it is based on Medical Marijuana!  LOLOL……I don’t really know where I sit with all the medical marijuana stuff but I cannot deny I am sure it helps people. 

So, I have to say, if you are into that sorta thing the picture shows their website address. Check them out, I have to admit their website is extremely professional looking and probably very informative for many. They even have a food truck! lol….I have to admit….the grilled cheese sandwich sounds yummy!!  (lolol)

ENJOY!  :-))!

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Thoughts & Feelings on UBER & LYFT

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Hello, and thank you for stopping by to read my blog.  This is my first blog on this website.  I have done extensive blogging on other websites I own in the past and hope I can make a little difference here also.

***DISCLAIMER*** The opinions, thoughts, statements and feelings that I post on these blogs are mine (Lance Greene) and mine only. In no way, shape or form do they reflect the opinions or feelings of Bat’s Taxi & Town Car Service of St. Pete Beach, FL.

My Thoughts and Feelings on Uber & Lyft

This is a sensitive subject for many. It is pretty simple for me.

Positive competitive competition is good, negative harmful competition is bad.

Positive competition makes everyone else step up their game a bit and work harder.  Nothing wrong with that. 

It does not bother me at all that UBER & LYFT are around or trying to do business. I think it is a great concept and welcome it. Why? Because they both have a very specific clientele.  I am not after their clientele and do not desire to attract their clientele. I welcome it and also hope they step up and play by the rules or at least some of them.  

My main concern is, I believe all companies, drivers and vehicles for hire that transport people should have to go through the same Level 2 Background checks and vehicle inspections that we have to pay for and go through here in Hillsborough County and also the Police Background check that we have to go through and pay for with the St. Petersburg, FL. Police Department.

Just like any other business, when there is something new out there our current clients may go and try it out of curiosity. That is just business and the nature of people and that is perfectly alright.  I have always found, once they try the “new thing” they will typically come back.  

The “UBER APP” for smart devices is quite the app, it is impressive.  Cannot deny that.  It is obvious by all the other transportation companies trying to come up with and implement something like it.

Worth of over $40 Billion??  Why does any transportation company need to be worth THAT much?  Seems weird to me.  

In the beginning it seemed drivers were making great money ($$$).  Now I am hearing quite the opposite. If drivers are not able to make decent money then they will not be able to maintain themselves (hygiene) or their vehicles properly (which they own). That is a simple fact.  

You the customer might think you are getting a great deal/price for your ride………and you absolutely are.  The thing is, depending on where you are, your driver may be starving.  

That, is not cool……….Not Ever.

I subscribe to the “Coffeehouse” mentality……..everyone should share in the business and feel comfortable referring around.  Spread the wealth so to speak.

I have been shown what the rates are from the Tampa International Airport to St. Pete Beach, FL for UBER and I am telling you customers that those drivers are NOT making any money on those runs. THAT once again is NOT cool. Not now, not ever.  Please keep in mind, the UBER & LYFT drivers are using their own personal cars and have to maintain and service everything about that car.  In addition, ALL of us drivers typically pay for all the gasoline, car washes and roadway tolls.  

So, please, next time you hire a vehicle to take you somewhere, please keep all this in mind. It is important, very important. 

Bottom line, if the drivers are Level 2 background checked and vehicles inspected……..

Have at it UBER & LYFT! 

I welcome your competition.

:-))!

Lance Greene – Professional Limo Driver – Level 2 Background Check Passed and Approved