Boston Convention Center-

Bostonguy69

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Whats the deal with the Boston Convention Center ? Reading thru past posts, and related news articles the issue always comes back to" nobodys really sure yet. "Where does it stand as of now if we can do pick ups drop offs etc. Do you need a Special Sticker- how much ?
 

Duane Mitchell

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I don't think you can pickup at the BCEC. That was the deal when the city added new taxi medallions. It's taxis only. Unlike Logan it's hard to enforce and nobody is really checking. You can dropoff there.
 

Kevin Ng

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Can't pick up in front of the building because cab stands and most rideshare cars wait across the street.

Riders have no choice, make them walk across the street, you might block-in by taxis if you wait on their line or near the line
 

Golfermack

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I've gotten pings from paxs at the convention center and have picked them up on the convention side of Summer St.
 

Tcdriver

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I've gotten pings from there. As I had over there I always call the PAX ask them to walk 100' across the plaza to in front of the Westin main entrance so I don't interfere with the taxi line and create an issue.

Had a PAX ask where the best place to pickup was (due to traffic and crowds) I told him if they don't mind walking a min, go through Westin lobby then down 2 escalators to side entrance of Westin on D street. He was happy to accommodate. I turned around in the service lane under the hotel and waited with hazards on the corner, waited about 30 secs before they came out.
 

CaptainToo

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I had a drop off Tuesday AM at the Boston Convention Center. Usually I pull in by the Westin and let the pax out, but as I approached the building I saw that there were only a few vehicles stopped in front, so I pulled over and the let the pax out. I was approached by a Convention Center employee who told me the drop off area was for cabs only, even though it was mostly empty. When I asked where for Uber, he said "Maybe across the street".

When is the state and city going to realize that ridesharing is here to stay, where taxis are not so sure? Ubers can't use the many designated taxi stands and there are few legal options for pickups/drop offs on most city streets - you get the choice between stopping in a bus/taxi stop/crosswalk or blocking a travel lane or bike path or both. As far as I can see neither city or state has made any accommodation for ridesharing other than the Logan TNC lot, mess that it is. Time for Uber/Lyft to rally their riders to press for some reasonable accommodations to be made so rideshare can be safer for both pax and drivers.
 

Tysmith95

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I had a drop off Tuesday AM at the Boston Convention Center. Usually I pull in by the Westin and let the pax out, but as I approached the building I saw that there were only a few vehicles stopped in front, so I pulled over and the let the pax out. I was approached by a Convention Center employee who told me the drop off area was for cabs only, even though it was mostly empty. When I asked where for Uber, he said "Maybe across the street".

When is the state and city going to realize that ridesharing is here to stay, where taxis are not so sure? Ubers can't use the many designated taxi stands and there are few legal options for pickups/drop offs on most city streets - you get the choice between stopping in a bus/taxi stop/crosswalk or blocking a travel lane or bike path or both. As far as I can see neither city or state has made any accommodation for ridesharing other than the Logan TNC lot, mess that it is. Time for Uber/Lyft to rally their riders to press for some reasonable accommodations to be made so rideshare can be safer for both pax and drivers.
A quick drop off and he's harassing you. Tell him to f off.

But the city did supposedly hire a hack to make pick up/drop off spots. They really need to add some at back bay station or south station. Those two places are cluster @@@@s.
 

Goodellsux

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Two official pick up areas for the convention center that I know of. One is on the side facing the city but in two years I’ve only had one request to pick up there. The other is on D st at lawn on D. When I’m dropping off there I typically just pull into the Westin.
 

CaptainToo

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During the big Bio week I got a number of pickups on the city side ( which is in Google Maps as the Northwest Lobby on West Side Drive). This location became my goto dropoff spot, as there was easy access from the Service Road and there was no traffic to deal with at all, even when traffic on Summer Street in front was backed up a few blocks. Unfortunately I just discovered this arrangement, it did not appear that attendees knew of it.

Of course pickups out front were a mess, traffic delays and general confusion. I did get a few pickups on that same West Side Drive, who told me they had been directed there by a Convention Center person. Again, these went very easily and quickly.

So the general mess at Bio just reinforces the fact that state agencies dont give a thought to organizing rideshare activity, even when they are going to be hosting some 18,000 attendees from around the world...let chaos reign, and then damn the Uber drivers who dare to stop in the taxi drop off... A few signs and a note in the attendees packet, maybe a Uber geofence around the building to route pax to the pickup locations, and perhaps Boston could have looked a little more like the world-class city its wishes to become.
 

Sam222

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I will pickup at Westin. The convention center is just too difficult. Mostly pax will only go to seaport restaurants or hotels. Sucks.
 

Commonwealth

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I will pickup at Westin. The convention center is just too difficult. Mostly pax will only go to seaport restaurants or hotels. Sucks.
what are you talking about 90 percent of the people you are picking up are at the center and walk across.
 

Goodellsux

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I will pickup at Westin. The convention center is just too difficult. Mostly pax will only go to seaport restaurants or hotels. Sucks.
But if it’s a big conference like last week, their hotel might be in Back Bay Cambridge Newton etc.
 

Ghwwe72

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I’ve never had convention center people bother me if I pull in the parking lot on west side drive.

However, the front of the building on summer street they will tell you that is for taxis only
 
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