How to reliably arrange transportation for a small group of people?

luxury mini bus interiorChris emails (emphasis added):

With all the talk these past few weeks about Uber/Lyft and the state of cab transportation in the region, I have a more practical question. We live in Albany, and we have tickets for the Capital Region Brewcycle Tour in Troy. It looks great and we can't wait to check it out! We want to enjoy it AND get home safely. A DD is always the responsible default option but we're comfortable leaving a car in Troy overnight. All told, there will be 6 of us needing to get back. There would be one pick-up sometime around 12-1230 [at night] in Troy and 1 or 2 stops for drop off in Albany.
If I know when and where I need a pick up a week in advance, exactly how many people I have to transport and where we need to go, what is the best option out there? Is there a private car service that readers have used and would recommend? What was the cost? Is the state of cabs in Troy any better than Albany? Is there a good one that could accommodate 6 people?
Basically we're looking for a service that would get us home:
1- safely- not too interested in some some dude with a van who has a lot of free time
2- reliably- don't want to be stuck waiting on a street corner for someone to show up eventually
3- economically- I know a limo would work, but it seems terribly excessive and expensive for what amounts to about 25 minutes and 10 miles of driving.
With the advantage of being able to make arrangements in advance I'm hopeful we can find something reasonable. I'd be willing to leave a deposit or pay in advance to secure something.
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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I did the brewcycle with my friends last summer and we drove a car out to Troy and just grabbed a cab home. (Went back for the car the next day.) We get cabs back from Troy pretty frequently have tend to have much better luck than we do in Albany.


The #22 CDTA, it's how we get back from a night of excess in Troy.

Try Frank Keevern of Excel Car & Driving Service at 518-378-759. He can provide a minivan or drive your car for you. Reliable and reasonable price.

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll post back with what we decide and let you know how it worked.

@CVAA, what is the last digit of that phone number? I'd like to contact Mr. Keevern but can't find Excel online. Thanks!

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