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Lyft in Baton Rouge

Discussion in 'Baton Rouge' started by Joe Jackson, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Joe Jackson

    Joe Jackson Member

    Location:
    nola
    Hello forum, Lyft is about to launch in Baton Rouge real soon.
     
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  2. stevedmc

    stevedmc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    Driving:
    UberX
    Who is your source? I've been a Lyft driver since its first day in New Orleans and I haven't heard any announcements.
     
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  3. Joe Jackson

    Joe Jackson Member

    Location:
    nola
    I received a text this morning. Maybe I received it because I'm also a mentor. Who knows!!!
     
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  4. stevedmc

    stevedmc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    Driving:
    UberX
    Who knows is right. I'm a mentor as well and didn't receive any texts.
     
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  5. Lyft225

    Lyft225 New Member

    Location:
    USA
    I'm so excited for Lyft to come to Baton Rouge, although I know that there is some concern coming from drivers and fans of Uber. But I don't think there should be.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm an Uber fan too. (Especially on National Ice Cream Day!) But as a community with a strong sense of southern hospitality and a growing niche for tech and innovation, we should embrace Lyft's rideshare program as an opportunity for our city's growth. Sure, Lyft may pose some competition for Uber, but who is to say you can't be a driver for both companies? And let's be honest, welcoming Lyft is also an opportunity to provide locals and LSU students with a safe and reliable transportation program that the city doesn't have to pay for! That alone sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

    Have you tried Lyft in another city? If so, how did you like it and how did it compare with Uber?

    Enjoy the ride Baton Rouge!
     
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  6. stevedmc

    stevedmc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    Driving:
    UberX
    I sent an email to Lyft today asking about them entering the Baton Rouge market. This is my email, their response, and my reply. I'll let you guys know how they respond to my last email when/if that happens. For what its worth, I think this thread was just created by a naive person who thinks he will make a few dollars off of referrals. Soliciting for referrals isn't something UberPeople.net allows. I know because I tried to do the same thing back when I was a newbie.

    Me:
    I heard that Lyft is going to be entering Baton Rouge soon. I am currently a Lyft driver in New Orleans but I only live 20 minutes from Baton Rouge.

    I would like to be setup to do mentor sessions in Baton Rouge and I would like to drive in Baton Rouge once Lyft become available. I would really like to be the first person to drive for Lyft in Baton Rouge.


    Lyft:
    Thanks for your advanced interest in joining the program and driving in Baton Rouge.

    At this time, we aren't currently operating in Baton Rouge but please write back once we're activated and we'll see what we can do to get you involved in that city.

    Let us know if we can help with anything else.


    Me:
    Thanks for getting back with me. Do you know when Lyft will be entering Baton Rouge?⁣
     
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  7. DJF

    DJF Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge, LA
    I got the text from Lyft today too. Lyft has been much better for me when I was in NOLA. Seems passengers know Lyft is better to drivers than Uber.
     
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  8. negeorgia

    negeorgia Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Athens, Ga.
    Driving:
    UberX
    Lyft has been in Athens, GA for 4 months. After 2 months they canceled the power driver bonus for Athens Lyft drivers. The tip option is great, but only 10-15% tip (2-4% of my Uber riders tip). Last week I had 70 UberX and 9 Lyft trips. The $5 off first 10 trips is great for new customers. I have only been offered guarantees for 2 weekends in 4 months which is absurd, Uber had weekly guarantees (exception for Christmas week). The worst part is not knowing if a request has peak pricing. There have been a few occasions were Lyft surge lingered after Ubers had dropped and pax took Lyft assuming it was a lower price than Uber and I got a ride with peak and more money than I expected. The strangest thing is some destinations appear to have a built in surge price in the estimate and I don't know if that extra is shared with the driver or not.
     
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  9. stevedmc

    stevedmc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    Driving:
    UberX
    This is the last response I received from Lyft:

    At this time we don't have a timeline to share, but we'll be sure to let you know if we launch there in the near future.

    Sorry I don't have a more specific answer for you.
     
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  10. tohunt4me

    tohunt4me Well-Known Member

    Location:
    new orleans , la.
    Wonder if you can drive N.O.L.A.,Lafayette,and Baton Rouge on Lyft like you can with Uber ?
     
  11. tohunt4me

    tohunt4me Well-Known Member

    Location:
    new orleans , la.
    That seems odd.
    Seems like Mentors would get first notice.
     
  12. Cocobird

    Cocobird Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Anywhere
    I wanna be a mentor, do you get paid more?
     
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  13. tohunt4me

    tohunt4me Well-Known Member

    Location:
    new orleans , la.
    Ask Joe Jackson,ask stevedmc.
    Both are Lyft Mentors.
    I know nothing about the mentor side of things.
     
  14. Cocobird

    Cocobird Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Anywhere
    If I did do Lyft, I'd want to be a mentor because it seems as easy as becoming an Uber driver, except mo money, mo money, mo money.
     
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  15. tohunt4me

    tohunt4me Well-Known Member

    Location:
    new orleans , la.
    Probably get more mentor sessions than rides with Lyft.
     
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  16. stevedmc

    stevedmc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    Driving:
    UberX
    You have to drive for a while before Lyft invites you to be a mentor. You also have to maintain a high rating.

    Mentors get $20 for doing quick training sessions. Basically you meet a new driver, take pictures of their vehicle and insurance card, and answer whatever silly questions they have.

    I've only done one Lyft mentor session because I just don't' feel like driving to Nola to make $20. I plan to start doing mentor sessions in Baton Rouge if we ever get Lyft out here.

    Lyft still won't tell me their launch date, but from what I can tell they are coming to Baton Rouge.
     
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  17. Xanvel

    Xanvel Active Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    Starting Thursday, according to the local rag, The Advocate... ain't competition grand?
     
  18. Scuba Steve

    Scuba Steve Active Member

    Location:
    USA
    Driving:
    UberX
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  19. Xanvel

    Xanvel Active Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    I would say so... even had a quote about them being good to drivers. Shots fired...
     
  20. stevedmc

    stevedmc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    Driving:
    UberX
    Did Lyft ever launch today? I heard on the radio that it started today. When I tried signing onto Lyft in BR around 9 am I got a message saying it isn't yet available.

    I'm in Nola right now so I can't check it from here.
     

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