Steelers strategies

Frank112

Member
Just wondering what everyone's routine is for Steelers games. I tried to get down to do a pickup for the last one but I couldn't get anywhere near the stadium without basically going through downtown. Since I had that experience I figured I'd wait till the game was done and over by a good bit before I started, then clean up the rest of the night till rush hour. I just don't see the pickup being worth it unless I get lucky on a long ride. I tanked my acceptance rating last week and am still trying to recover.

So what is your strategy? Wait until the game's almost over and try to get down there beforehand to park and pick up a surge? Wait until later? Or maybe I'm doing this all wrong and I should just follow Waze all over the city to try to get down there to do these pickups on these 10 plus dollars surges.

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Jason15215

Active Member
On Monday or Sunday night games those $5-$10 bonuses disappear quickly. Most go home quickly after the game with a few stragglers they hang at McFaddens. At most you will get 1 maybe 2 rides with the bonus
 

Frank112

Member
On Monday or Sunday night games those $5-$10 bonuses disappear quickly. Most go home quickly after the game with a few stragglers they hang at McFaddens. At most you will get 1 maybe 2 rides with the bonus


Right. I was making the game into a bigger deal than I needed to. The last game was during the day so it was a good bit different.

I'm watching the game at home in Irwin then I'm going to run down after it ends and let it air out for a few minutes. But since I'm going to drive till morning the Steeler game helps a lot because people stay out all night.
 

Lowdown

Member
With road closures, bridge detours, accidents, traffic at a standstill and gps not recognizing any of this..pickups at Heinz Field and N Shore turned into a nightmare. Don't know a good strategy but apparently many riders were totally frustrated with drivers cancelling, shuffling and wait times. The city, venues, event organizers and police need to get on the same page. This is getting worse year after year and with new development in the area I see a lot of $hit hitting the fan unless something is done soon to alleviate the congestion.
 

MasterKNinja

Well-Known Member
Getting in near the stadium is a nightmare generally reserved for clueless newbs. When there was the possibility of snagging a long trip 3x-4x surge, it was at least kinda worth it. Now for +$5 or $10? Forget it. Always did way better working ‘cleanup crew’ — giving rides from bars all around the city & avoiding the N. Side mayhem til much of it cleared out.
 

tryingforthat5star

Well-Known Member
Same with @MasterKNinja I despise picking up there that I was even rejecting +$17 surge last Monday night. I attempted one pickup at the casino during a $16 surge got almost there and the cops got traffic like turning around or some nonsense I said no thanks and hit cancel and blasted down 65 out to Bellevue and kept a $16 surge the whole time till the next pickup. Half the lanes are closed, it's just complete cluster when these games let out.
 

Howie428Uber

Active Member
I was thinking about how they could improve the end of event traffic flow from the North Shore and thought of something that seems to make sense... They should allow people to do a U-turn on the HOV lane at the Veteran's Bridge fork. So traffic could enter the HOV at either of the North Shore entrances then at the fork they would have the choice of continuing north or going south to exit the HOV near the arena. From near the arena it is easy to go east or south.

Of course they'd have to do this carefully, but it's much simpler than reversing the West End bridge.

There's a couple of other places where a willingness to block exit ramps and allow traffic to go up and U-turn could be effective. The one at the end of Reedsdale Street is closed anyway and would allow casino parked traffic to get directly away.
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Steve412

Member
I think it’s laughable how these people will call rides from the Casino when there’s no realistic easy way to pick them up. Cops blocking access from the 65 access ramp are mega annoying. Even at dead times picking up in the casino parking garage “the correct way” is maddening.
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FTR my Steelers strategy is never to pick up on the north shore UNLESS it’s by the Warhol Museum. I also filter towards the airport or to cranberry. Life is too short to spend 1 moment driving to Bethel Park or likewise
 

MasterKNinja

Well-Known Member
FTR my Steelers strategy is never to pick up on the north shore UNLESS it’s by the Warhol Museum. I also filter towards the airport or to cranberry. Life is too short to spend 1 moment driving to Bethel Park or likewise
Yeah out by the Warhol is accessible. Sounds like a good strategy. You can grab a sticky surge, then put a destination filter on. I’ve been doing that lately. My best run from the stadium was to a hotel out by the airport. People from out of town will frequently stay up there cause the rates are cheaper than in town. I live in the opposite direction, so a run to the airport or cranberry is totally not worth it. Tough to get a long trip back East though. Usually ended up being a short ride that takes an hour due to traffic, but airport or cranberry would totally work.
 

tryingforthat5star

Well-Known Member
Back about 2 months ago a Pirates game was letting out and for some reason it was packed for a Sat night so I called the PAX and asked them if they mind walking behind the Springfield Suites and meet me at the corner of Lacock and Federal. They were smart enough to do it jumped in the car and I just cut back behind the nonsense out to Ohio St then over to 279 ramp. Wexford was there hotel location so it was a nice quick jaunt down 279 to 79.
 

Steve412

Member
On Lyft no. On Uber, sure. The surge still multiplies on longer rides. You get about 60% of pax price after booking fees. It’s not as easy to make a large amount of money on a single ride though, of course.
 
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