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BEST PLACE TO WAIT FOR RIDES (WITH LYFT) IN BUCKS COUNTY

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twersk77
175 Driver
 Posted 1 year, 1 month ago

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Hey guys...just not making a lot in NJ. So does anyone have any good suggestions of places to hang out in Bucks County to wait for Lyft ride requests? (I am not allowed to use Uber there yet.)

Thx!!

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    momof4
    8040 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I pickup most rides in Philly that sometimes take me into Bucks County. I can give you a few areas but I am not sure how busy they get once summer is over Doylestown, Levitown, and New Hope. I dont stay in these areas once I drop off but ride request do come in when I am in those areas. Hopefully someone can confirm these areas or give you better ones. 

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    LG-PA
    811 Driver
     1 year ago

    Also, many students from Rider University go home on Fridays, so if you hang out by campus right off 295 you will most likley be shuttling them to Hamilton Train Station and that is not a bad ride on the highway,

    even if you have to run right back to the university to grab more.

    After Rider runs dry up, after your last drop off at Hamilton, head over to Love's Travel Stop in Bordentown, Friday is when long distance truck drivers go there (because of new regulations where they can only drive so many hours), park their rigs and often need rides home which could be miles away, and Bordentown in General has some riders. Hope this helps for Friday planning

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      twersk77
      OP 175 Driver
       1 year ago

      More great stuff. So what time would you start hanging out at Loves? 

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        LG-PA
        811 Driver
         1 year ago

        Early afternoon to about 7pm.

        do not just sit there on purpose for hours but perhaps if in area park for 15 min at a time if no hits move on. Another thing you can do is go to trenton train station park near by and decline every pool/shared ride wait until one comes with a banner 45 min plus then accept those. Many Philly people take NJ transit from NY instead of Amtrak due to cost and need to book Amtrak in advance. Then from Trenton they will get Uber to take them to Philly. Happened to me several times. Because the connections between NJ transit and Septa suck so this is a good money maker. I use to print out schedules of all arriving Amtrak trains from  Newark and Phila but as it turn out NJ transit tartivals is what you need to concentrate on to try to get long rides into Philly.

        you basically need to have a number of places all over so if a ride takes you far you can think of what places from your bread and butter stash are closest and whether going there now is the rig...

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        Early afternoon to about 7pm.

        do not just sit there on purpose for hours but perhaps if in area park for 15 min at a time if no hits move on. Another thing you can do is go to trenton train station park near by and decline every pool/shared ride wait until one comes with a banner 45 min plus then accept those. Many Philly people take NJ transit from NY instead of Amtrak due to cost and need to book Amtrak in advance. Then from Trenton they will get Uber to take them to Philly. Happened to me several times. Because the connections between NJ transit and Septa suck so this is a good money maker. I use to print out schedules of all arriving Amtrak trains from  Newark and Phila but as it turn out NJ transit tartivals is what you need to concentrate on to try to get long rides into Philly.

        you basically need to have a number of places all over so if a ride takes you far you can think of what places from your bread and butter stash are closest and whether going there now is the right time to hope to get a ride.

        i will often ignore a barrage of ride requests coming my way for 40 min straight only to inally accept the one with 45 min plus banner

        that is where I make the most on the long rides ;)

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          twersk77
          OP 175 Driver
           1 year ago

          That is amazing you do that with the ride requests. Not only does Lyft constantly remind me that my acceptance rate is low every second...I sometimes feel they are going to come out of the app and punch me! And yet here you are waiting for the big ride...you got a suit of armor.

          All kidding aside, are you absolutely certain that Lyft (and Uber) doesn't secretly penalize us for that?...because I would like to try that tactic but it would probably be a little disconcerting seeing a 17% acceptance rate!

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            LG-PA
            811 Driver
             1 year ago

            Here is what you do:

            1. text the word STOP to 46080 once you get a message back, reply with 2 - all your Lyft low acceptacnce messages just evaporated and will never come back.

            2. You my friend are contractor not a Lyft emloyee, which means YOU get to decide which rides you accept and which one you do not. If you are going to chase every ping that comes your way (which is what Lyft and Uber) wants you to do so THEY can more money and their passengers have lower wait times you WILL NOT make any money.

            You need to run YOUR business which is what you are actually doing the way that will make sense and money for you!

            with close to 70% of all rideshare quitting in just 6 months and Lyft and Uber spending millions to try to recruit and keep drivers, I would like to see the day they will start kicking quality drivers off the platform for low acceptance rate.

            So - STOP worrying aaboout your acceptance rate and concentrate on drivibg passengers safely to their destinations and coming up with good places where you can make more money for yourself.

            please report how you made out - I am curious :)

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    LG-PA
    811 Driver
     1 year ago

    How is Princeton, Hamilton and Trenton train stations, thought they would be pretty good.

    Newar airport is good (if you get pings driving by airport and not sitting in que) had that happen to me a few times. Newark city and Jersey city are usually busy but too much traffic and rides are short.

    Try hotels by RT1 in evening when visitors go out to eat and during checkout time.

    PA try Newtown, Levittown, Bristol, those areas usually light up

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      twersk77
      OP 175 Driver
       1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

      Great stuff! I was also thinking of parking at Yardley train station...Bristol is a little further away for me but maybe I'll find that it is busier then Yardley.

      I avoid Newark airport like the plague...tolls, trips to bad roads in Hoboken, trips to NYC (without the ability to take someone out) and short rides after waiting for 45 minutes are the reason.

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    JonHogan
    84 Driver
     1 year ago

    I hope this isn't an obvious advice for you. When I used to drive in the suburbs, meaning non-major metropolitan areas, I used to focus my time on transportation hubs.  Train stations, bus stations, airports.  I would look up when the long-distance trips would arrive, and make sure to be as close to that location, even if I were double parked. (I want to be the closest.)

    What's nice about these places is that not only you have predictable ridership, the trips originating from these areas are longer in nature.  For example, people who are traveling to go home.  These aren't people who are leaving their home to go to a nearby bar or to school.  They don't have a car so they are getting a ride regardless of the distance.

    Good luck, buddy.

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    JPoland
    178 Driver Driver
     1 year ago

    What do you mean you aren't allowed to use Uber there yet?  Background checks?

    Are there any cities or regions where Lyft operates but not Uber?

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      twersk77
      OP 175 Driver
       1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

      If you are not registered with Uber in Philadelphia you are only allowed to bring people in to places like Philadelphia International but you can't leave the area with anybody (unless you drive for Lyft also.) Crazy part is that Uber even condones accepting the +45 trip and then calling the customer to find out if they are going to PA first! I can change my registration but I would be down for six weeks.