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Lyft wait time in TNC lot

The last few days I've been in the SFO TNC lot for over 30 minutes then leave due to the rules. As as Lyft driver, I'm definitely outnumbered by Uber drivers, but I see them leave to pick up passengers in less than 30 minutes. I have yet to get a ride request.

For you fellow Lyft drivers, how long does it take you to get a ride request in the TNC lot?
 

Tncluber

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If you don't live in your car at the airport then you shouldn't be there. Those airport drivers who make money are there from 5am to 1am. They live there. They aren't going to leave any scraps for you.
 

MW415

Member
TNC lot seems to be a waste of time most of the time. Unless the airport seems really busy I just turn around and head back to SF.
 

soupergloo

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I drive for both Lyft & Uber...you will never get a Lyft request in the TNC lot. Lyft still gets you passengers by being the closest driver to the request, so I circle the airport for about 15 minutes and usually get one. If not, I'll head to the TNC lot & wait a half hour max for an Uber ride before going back to the city.
 

UberXking

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I drive for both Lyft & Uber...you will never get a Lyft request in the TNC lot. Lyft still gets you passengers by being the closest driver to the request, so I circle the airport for about 15 minutes and usually get one. If not, I'll head to the TNC lot & wait a half hour max for an Uber ride before going back to the city.
why would you ever go to the lot?
 

soupergloo

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why would you ever go to the lot?
I go to the lot if Lyft is slow at the airport, and I know I'm guaranteed to EVENTUALLY get an Uber ride in the lot. I won't wait there all day like a lot of other drivers just for one airport ride that may not even be that great.
 

manuellsam

Active Member
The lot was crazy busy this Monday , it was non stop. The money didn't end up looking as good as I thought after 8 hours of no down time airport rides
 

Tncluber

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They will get you if you circle. They have licence plate readers and they know every time you circle. Don't believe me? As you enter the departure level, look up at the sign guiding you to the airlines and terminals. It's the signage that over crosses the whole departure entrance right when you get to the top of the level. You will see camara type devices hanging from the back of the sign. Those are license plate readers. Once they see you are circling, they send out a marked car or an unmarked car. If you see the junky white crown vic with an old white lady driving, that means LEAVE!
 

manuellsam

Active Member
They will get you if you circle. They have licence plate readers and they know every time you circle. Don't believe me? As you enter the departure level, look up at the sign guiding you to the airlines and terminals. It's the signage that over crosses the whole departure entrance right when you get to the top of the level. You will see camara type devices hanging from the back of the sign. Those are license plate readers. Once they see you are circling, they send out a marked car or an unmarked car. If you see the junky white crown vic with an old white lady driving, that means LEAVE!
I thought about doing that cause you would get close and a ping would come in so heading to lot didn't make any sense but I did anyway I don't want a 200$ ticket

Once I almost did some chick I was picking up at international terminal called me as I was at door 1 asking if I have correct pick up location she proceeded to tell me to go to arrivals which I informed her we can't do but she insists cause some other guy does it after I asked her to cancel and try another driver she tells me to hang tight she will be right up , I had barely parked for 1 second when the airport guy yelled load or go away ! I canceled the trip with no show and moved on

So strange cause the airport is actually an area uber is doing well the pax are immediately informed to go to departures asked to choose a terminal and door then request when ready but I couldn't understand why this chick would want ignore all that lmao may be too much luggage who knows
 

Tncluber

Well-Known Member
I thought about doing that cause you would get close and a ping would come in so heading to lot didn't make any sense but I did anyway I don't want a 200$ ticket

Once I almost did some chick I was picking up at international terminal called me as I was at door 1 asking if I have correct pick up location she proceeded to tell me to go to arrivals which I informed her we can't do but she insists cause some other guy does it after I asked her to cancel and try another driver she tells me to hang tight she will be right up , I had barely parked for 1 second when the airport guy yelled load or go away ! I canceled the trip with no show and moved on

So strange cause the airport is actually an area uber is doing well the pax are immediately informed to go to departures asked to choose a terminal and door then request when ready but I couldn't understand why this chick would want ignore all that lmao may be too much luggage who knows

Some pax haven't updated their app in a yr or so, so they won't have the updated version that instructs them to go to departure.

And why cancel? As long as you have a passenger to pick up you can circle, but you can't circle if you are trolling for pings.

And never go to arrival. Uber has told everybody so many times not to, it's probably cause to be deactivated.
 

UberXking

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The lot was crazy busy this Monday , it was non stop. The money didn't end up looking as good as I thought after 8 hours of no down time airport rides
Yes only $28 hour for me and my car. I refuse to pick up when Uber goes into the fake surge mode. So I went home early and ignored the SFO pings from 7 min away. My average fare yesterday was lower than my aftd
 

UberXking

Well-Known Member
I go to the lot if Lyft is slow at the airport, and I know I'm guaranteed to EVENTUALLY get an Uber ride in the lot. I won't wait there all day like a lot of other drivers just for one airport ride that may not even be that great.
Just sayin if you are finding a pax in 15 min more than 1/2 the time you should wait it out Better odds than going back to last place in the lot.
Also find out the max wait time.
 

soupergloo

Well-Known Member
Just sayin if you are finding a pax in 15 min more than 1/2 the time you should wait it out Better odds than going back to last place in the lot.
Also find out the max wait time.
Honestly, I don't want to get a ticket at the airport for circling just to get a Lyft ride. After I lap around for about 15 minutes, I always always see a couple of drivers pulled over getting tickets. I alternate between domestic & international before I head to the TNC lot hoping I won't stand out circling, but even then...it's risky. I also don't have any Lyft or Uber affiliations on my car.
 

soupergloo

Well-Known Member
Once I almost did some chick I was picking up at international terminal called me as I was at door 1 asking if I have correct pick up location she proceeded to tell me to go to arrivals which I informed her we can't do but she insists cause some other guy does it after I asked her to cancel and try another driver she tells me to hang tight she will be right up , I had barely parked for 1 second when the airport guy yelled load or go away ! I canceled the trip with no show and moved on
Seriously, why would you cancel? You can't park and wait until your passenger is actually ready to load, so you should just circle until you know your pax is ready. They can't give you a ticket if you're actually circling for a ride which you can prove on the Uber app. When you cancel, you're placed back at the bottom of the que...if the pax ends up canceling, you're placed at the top.
 

soupergloo

Well-Known Member
And why cancel? As long as you have a passenger to pick up you can circle, but you can't circle if you are trolling for pings.
Honestly, I don't know why anyone would be circling airport property hoping to get an Uber ping? You won't get an Uber ping at SFO until you leave airport property. You can only get airport pings with Lyft on airport property.
 

manuellsam

Active Member
Honestly, I don't know why anyone would be circling airport property hoping to get an Uber ping? You won't get an Uber ping at SFO until you leave airport property. You can only get airport pings with Lyft on airport property.
that is not true I canceled and another one came in immediately, I canceled mainly cause I had a feeling this was a yelp type person I could feel 3 star rating all the way coming and an essay to go with it haha
 

manuellsam

Active Member
Seriously, why would you cancel? You can't park and wait until your passenger is actually ready to load, so you should just circle until you know your pax is ready. They can't give you a ticket if you're actually circling for a ride which you can prove on the Uber app. When you cancel, you're placed back at the bottom of the que...if the pax ends up canceling, you're placed at the top.
Seriously I think the queue is not real or some people are placed higher and to be honest it was first time working airport only so I was freaking out

When the guy yelled move or load I got the hell out there but good to know I can circle when I have a rider waiting
 

Tncluber

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that is not true I canceled and another one came in immediately, I canceled mainly cause I had a feeling this was a yelp type person I could feel 3 star rating all the way coming and an essay to go with it haha
Do you really still care about your rating?
 

manuellsam

Active Member
Do you really still care about your rating?
Yep I do and not for the obvious reasons like getting booted off uber ! idk the idea that someone hated me kind bothers me and that's what those ratings say to me at the end of the week since am a good driver I only get rated on "other things " like am I good looking , am I the right race , was I enthusiastic enough about their boring convo Lol and to be honest I hate loosing

Oh gosh a day at the airport was amazing, each person was friendly and sane lol
 
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