Kelly Dessaint

I Drive SF: From a nightmare to a dream

The Dreamforce convention ended on Friday and most of the drivers are hoping some of the 170,000 attendees haven’t left already

A working class hero ain’t nothing to be

Thanks to AB 5, this column will no longer be weekly.

I Drive SF: Winter is coming

Some days it seems like winter is already here.

The high cost of living in California isn’t just financial

The image of laidback Californians is spurious at best.

I Drive SF: When time is not on your side

It’s difficult to figure out how to get back on track once your timing is off. Do you speed up? Slow down? Take a detour?

Avoiding rejection at the casual carpool

The humiliation of feeling wanted one second and then rejected the next seemed to be the epitome of embarrassment.

I Drive SF: A loss in the taxi community

Over the following days, a pall has hung over the holding lot at SFO where drivers congregate between rides.

I Drive SF: Playing the tipping game

When you deal with lots of cash, someone always wants a piece of the action.

Driving an early morning shift

Despite the allure of a San Francisco morning, this isn’t how I expected to begin my day.

A chaotic week of cab driving

Despite feeling out of synch most of the week, there was also a weird synchronicity at play.

Chase carmageddon avoided, but what about SFO?

Down at SFO, they were closing one of the three runways for 20 days to make repairs.

Tourists arrive in “San Fran” with some foggy notions

Some people come to the The City with more preconceived ideas than changes of clothes.

Don’t blame today’s taxi drivers for the past

Back in the day, cab drivers were rude, refused to take people to the Avenues, and rarely showed up on time.

I Drive SF: Revisiting long-distance taxi rates

Naturally, many taxi customers balk at the prospect of paying more than the normal rate.

In traffic we become something bigger

Everything hit at once last weekend. Besides Outside Lands, the Giants were…

The real impact of Uber and Lyft on traffic

You don’t need an independent transportation firm to know that Uber and Lyft are mucking up traffic.

Working SFO: The long and short of it

Getting a long, profitable ride is such an anomaly, expecting more than straight meter and a tip seems kind of predatory.

When it’s time for a change in the game

I used to loathe the idea of waiting almost two hours or more for a fare, but over the past few weeks, the SFO holding lots have become a sanctuary from the madness.

Escaping traffic woes at SFO

In San Francisco, it’s always open season on taxicabs.

Banging my head against a taxi shift

There was something in the air last week, and not just the glow of fireworks pulsating through the dense fog