Here are the most popular drop-off spots for Uber and Lyft in this area

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A popular spot for both Uber and Lyft.

It's now been a year since ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft have been allowed to operate across New York State.

And this week the two companies shared lists of their most popular drop-off destinations in the Capital Region.

Let's have a look.

These lists were shared by the companies, and did not include specific details about volume, frequency, or exact coverage area.


1. University at Albany
2. Crossgates Mall
3. The Pearl St. Pub
4. Greyhound Bus Stop
5. The City Beer Hall
6. Collins Circle
7. Wolff's Biergarten
8. Siena College
9. Albany Medical Center
10. Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Center

Longest trip: 413 miles from Albany to Maryland

Busiest times of the week: Weekend evenings and nights, weekday morning and evening commutes.

1. Skidmore College
2. Saratoga Race Course
3. Saratoga Performing Arts Center
4. Saratoga Casino Hotel
5. Gaffney's Restaurant

Longest trip: 276 miles from Saratoga Springs to Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

1. Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady
2. Schenectady Walmart
3. Ellis Hospital
4. Glenville Walmart Supercenter
5. Centre Street Pub

Longest trip: 271 miles from Schenectady to Buffalo

A few quick things
+ A lot of these destinations aren't surprising

+ A little surprised that the train station isn't higher. The owner of Advantage Transit told the Biz Review that ride-hailing has significantly cut into their business there. [Biz Review]

+ Maybe more surprised by the popularity of Walmart (two locations) in the Schenectady rankings. Maybe there are opportunities for CDTA for provide more service.


We're waiting to hear back from Lyft about the geographic scope of this list. If/when we hear back, we'll update.

Albany International Airport
SUNY Albany
Crossgates Mall
Rensselaer Rail Station
Albany Bus Terminal (Greyhound)
Colonie Center Mall
The City Beer Hall
Rivers Casino & Resort (Schenectady)
The Pearl Street Pub
Times Union Center

A few quick things

+ Lyft currently has the sold ride-hailing contract for picking up passengers at ALB. (Here's Times Union story about its activity there from back in February.)

+ The popularity of both Uber and Lyft with students/people associated with UAlbany (two different locations) -- as well as Siena and Skidmore -- matches up with what a Lyft driver once told us. He said he hangs out in Pine Hills for fares because he drives UAlbany students all the time.

+ This is kind of tangential, but the fact that the Greyound Bus Terminal shows up on both lists highlights that the station is a key node in the local transportation network and deserves an upgrade.


+ Experiences with Uber and Lyft so far?


Experiences- Love it. I take it roughly once a week, usually to a bar or restaurant so that I don't have to worry about parking, or driving after a few drinks. Places I previously never went because I was worried about how I would get home are now accessible, aka going from Scotia to Troy for dinner, or up to Saratoga for a wine festival. It has really opened things up and I am very happy we have it.

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