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Is Lyft any good ?

Jigglypuff510Jigglypuff510 Registered User regular
I want to take the Commuter Rail to North Station then use Lyft to get to the BCEC, is it any good and are the drivers safe ?

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  • jforjamtasticjforjamtastic Registered User regular
    I use lyft occasionally, I've had no issues. Traffic around Boston is bad during rush hours and around the BCEC during PAX will be a pain. It might be easier to take the Orange Line to Downtown Crossing and either walk from there, or catch a Redline to South Station and then walk.

  • nevermore13nevermore13 Registered User regular
    Ive used lyft and did so last year with no problems. The walk from South Station is not bad, and the bcec area is crowded. If you use lyft though maybe have them drop you at a close hotel like the Aloft and then walk from there.

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  • abdoooooabdooooo Registered User regular
    I used Lyft exclusively to get around Boston during last Pax East. I had a really good experience with the drivers.

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  • DirewolfDirewolf Registered User regular
    Boston also has it's own local alternative: Fasten.

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  • SolanalesSolanales Registered User regular
    Having used all 3 (uber, lyft, and fasten) in my experience they were all pretty much the same with uber having the longest waits last year but lyft having the longest waits the year before.

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  • stardust462stardust462 Leominster, MARegistered User regular
    I like all three, but Fasten doesn't have those surcharges during peak times like Lyft or Uber does.

  • Jigglypuff510Jigglypuff510 Registered User regular
    I use lyft occasionally, I've had no issues. Traffic around Boston is bad during rush hours and around the BCEC during PAX will be a pain. It might be easier to take the Orange Line to Downtown Crossing and either walk from there, or catch a Redline to South Station and then walk.

    Yeah I take the orange line almost everyday, my only concern would be my badges or any other thing on me getting stolen, the subway is notorious for that.

  • Jigglypuff510Jigglypuff510 Registered User regular
    Solanales wrote: »
    Having used all 3 (uber, lyft, and fasten) in my experience they were all pretty much the same with uber having the longest waits last year but lyft having the longest waits the year before.

    I will look into all 3, so far I was thinking of using Lyft Line to cut the price a little bit.

  • eilonwyeilonwy Registered User regular
    I generally prefer Lyft and find the drivers to be more personable. Prices are also good.

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  • EL_Limon_CubanoEL_Limon_Cubano Boston, MARegistered User regular
    Living in Boston I say best way to get around is Train and walking. Especially withing downtown. Just get a 7 day pass for $21 and you can get around on Train/Bus the whole time you are here. If your flying in there is a shuttle that goes right to the terminals and takes you to Blue Line Train into Downtown. Only bad thing here with public transportation is that it does close around 12:50 and comes back up around 5:30am. But they are working on a late night bus service that hopefully is up in time for PAX.

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  • NFGNFG Registered User regular
    I used Lyft during PAX east last year, and have used it in NYC. Fairly reliable and affordable. I wouldn't say they're much better or worse than Uber.

    Lyft has a lot of promotions all the time so if you're interested in saving money, make sure you look them up before you sign up. They were promoting at PAX east last year giving away free rides and stuff.

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  • Jigglypuff510Jigglypuff510 Registered User regular
    eilonwy wrote: »
    I generally prefer Lyft and find the drivers to be more personable. Prices are also good.

    Yeah I used it once but not to the point where I would understand what generally goes on, I was trying to get to North Station but the driver (must of been new to the area) couldnt get there, he was exteremly apologetic but I assured him it was ok, of course thats only one driver so I just wanted to make sure.

  • djlybsdjlybs Slayer of the Datas Boston MetroRegistered User regular
    I use lyft occasionally, I've had no issues. Traffic around Boston is bad during rush hours and around the BCEC during PAX will be a pain. It might be easier to take the Orange Line to Downtown Crossing and either walk from there, or catch a Redline to South Station and then walk.

    Yeah I take the orange line almost everyday, my only concern would be my badges or any other thing on me getting stolen, the subway is notorious for that.

    Really, I've never heard of pickpockets being a problem on the T. I mean just don't act like a tourist and you should be fine, but I do take the red line.

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  • djlybsdjlybs Slayer of the Datas Boston MetroRegistered User regular
    edited January 9
    Living in Boston I say best way to get around is Train and walking. Especially withing downtown. Just get a 7 day pass for $21 and you can get around on Train/Bus the whole time you are here. If your flying in there is a shuttle that goes right to the terminals and takes you to Blue Line Train into Downtown. Only bad thing here with public transportation is that it does close around 12:50 and comes back up around 5:30am. But they are working on a late night bus service that hopefully is up in time for PAX.

    Hehe... this made me laugh...late night bus service by pax... it's the T, we'll be lucky if the new train cars are delivered in our life time...

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  • OakpunkOakpunk Boston, MARegistered User regular
    I personally like using the T if I need to get anywhere around Boston during PAX. However, most of what you need is in walking distance with all the new development in the Seaport district (I work there currently). Way more restaurants (Yo! Sushi, Shake Shack, Chipotle, Flour, Bon Me) are around within a mile or two and a new CVS also opened right by these places so you can get your essentials if you forget something.

    But, I've had good rides with Lyft personally. I like them a bit better than Uber actually. But be prepared for traffic, traffic, traffic. Please tip your drivers well, they deserve it.

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  • macrogeekmacrogeek Registered User regular
    I had good experiences with Fasten last year. Clean cars, very nice drivers. They have less vehicles on the road.
    I also hear they passed a law in boston to stop ride shares from picking up at the BCEC and Airport...don't know if it's still in effect. Walk to an nearby hotel lot and then send the request so they can find you easier.

  • SepiothSepioth Boston, MARegistered User regular
    djlybs wrote: »
    I use lyft occasionally, I've had no issues. Traffic around Boston is bad during rush hours and around the BCEC during PAX will be a pain. It might be easier to take the Orange Line to Downtown Crossing and either walk from there, or catch a Redline to South Station and then walk.

    Yeah I take the orange line almost everyday, my only concern would be my badges or any other thing on me getting stolen, the subway is notorious for that.

    Really, I've never heard of pickpockets being a problem on the T. I mean just don't act like a tourist and you should be fine, but I do take the red line.

    I was just going to say the same thing about the pick pocketing. I think you may have a higher chance of a pick pocket while spending 3 days in a crowded convention than you will in a lifetime taking the T.

    Just be aware of your surroundings. Put valuables in a place where you can easily keep an eye on them to make sure they are still there. Put your badges and stuff in a zipped pocked. Or in a front pocket with your hand in there.

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