Posts Tagged ‘Lyft’

Finding Ride to Quincy Station Might Be Tough

September 11, 2019

If you’re traveling on Amtrak to Quincy, Illinois, you might have a difficult time finding public transportation to and from the station.

The city’s only cab company recently ceased operating there and although riding sharing service Lyft operates in Quincy, local officials say that early in the morning when the Illinois Zephyr departs for Chicago and late at night when it returns there are few Lyft drivers chasing fares.

“I think that you’ll see the market react to those conditions,” said Mayor Kyle Moore.

“Where there’s Lyft drivers who don’t feel comfortable driving at night but they do want drive in the morning, so I think that if they think they’re going to be busy at those times they’ll probably be online. And you see that also with the way that they respond to Amtrak service where you’ll have you know Lyft drivers that are aware of when the Amtrak comes in they’ll be available and close by.”

Staff members of Quincy hotels have picked up some of the slack by driving their guests to and from the station, but one hotel general manager doesn’t see that as a long-term solution.

The general manager of one hotel said that her business tries to arrange Lyft rides but if that fails she has driven guests to the station.

“I’m not saying it’s an inconvenience by any stretch of the means I’m happy to do it,” she said. “But people aren’t always comfortable with that. [I]’s definitely not the best solution.”

Moore said the city is open to a new cab company, but proper paperwork must be filed to abide by city rules.

Quincy is also served by the Carl Sandburg, but it arrives and departs during daylight hours.

Berkshire Flyer Group Already Seeking Brand Identity

December 23, 2018

The train isn’t expected to begin until 2020, but members of the Berkshire Flyer committee are already brainstorming ideas for branding the service, transporting passengers who arrive in Pittsfield, and fretting about whether the train will operate on time as it travels CSX tracks.

The Berkshire Flyer is expected to begin seasonal weekend trial service between New York City and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, with funding from the state.

It is expected to make the trip in 3.5 hours and offer a fare of $80 one way.

Trains would depart New York on Fridays at 2:20 p.m. and arriving in Pittsfield at 6:10 p.m.

The Sunday train will depart Pittsfield at 2:45 p.m. and arrive in New York at 6:45 p.m.

Pittsfield is already a stop for Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited between Chicago and Boston and some on the committee are already concerned that the Berkshire Flyer might run late as Nos. 448 and 449 often do.

But the primary issue that the committee is seeking to tackle is transportation for those who arrive from New York by rail.

Pittsfield has limited public transportation, including taxi service and rental car options.

The city of Pittsfield has said it will provide space for Enterprise Rent-A-Car vehicles.

Another option is to make use of such ride-share services as Zipcar, Uber and Lyft.

Berkshire Regional Transportation Authority’s Robert Malnati said the authority has applied for grants to create different routes.

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission member Anuja Koirala also has been examining transportation options and said Transport the People is willing to carry passengers from the Intermodal Center in Pittsfield to other points.

Committee member Jonathan Butler, president and CEO of 1Berkshire, expects ride-share options to increase, saying that during the peak season there is relatively decent Uber service in the more metro areas of the Berkshires during the day.

But one issue is that it is unclear where in the Berkshires most of those riding the Berkshire Flyer will want to go.

The Berkshire Flyer is expected to use existing Amtrak routes, including that of the Lake Shore Limited between Pittsfield and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, and the Empire Corridor into New York City.

Lyft Becomes Amtrak Ski Train Sponsor

November 15, 2017

Ride sharing service Lyft has become a sponsor of Amtrak’s Winter Park Express ski train.

In a news release, Amtrak said Lyft is offering new customers an AMTRAKLYFT promo code for $5 off their first four rides.

Lyft will provide a larger vehicle for snow boards and skis as well as drop off and pick up passengers at Denver Union Station. The arrangement begins on Jan. 5.

The seasonal service begins Jan. 5, and operates every Saturday and Sunday through March 25, with additional service on Fridays on Jan. 5, Feb. 2, and March 2.

The train departs Denver at 7 a.m. and arrives at the Winter Park Resort at approximately 9 a.m. The return trip leaves Winter Park at 4:30 p.m., returning to Union Station at 6:40 p.m.

Also as part of the new partnership, three railcars will be wrapped in Lyft’s hot pink design and remain on display at Union Station during the week.

After the Winter Park Express season ends, the wrapped railcars will continue in service on other national Amtrak routes throughout the West and Midwest.

Amtrak, Lyft Announce Partnership

August 3, 2017

Amtrak and ride-sharing service Lyft have announced a partnership by which users of the

Amtrak mobile app can gain access the Lyft app to request a ride after arriving at a station.

New users of the Lyft app will get $5 off each of their first four Lyft rides by using Amtrak promo code “AMTRAKLYFT.”

Lyft now operates in more than 360 cities, covering about 80 percent of the U.S. population and reaching about 97 percent of Amtrak riders, Amtrak said in a news release.