While in San Francisco for a conference, I had one goal —to try out the car services Uber and Lyft. And I successfully tried both only to be amazed by the complete convenience and seamlessness of them.
With a press of a button on my phone, I was picked up only seven minutes later. Pleasant, inexpensive, and quick. The beauty of it all is that payment is handled through the app. All I did was get in and get out!
Uber was impressive. It is a taxi service in an app and that's pretty neat. However, what really blew my socks off was Lyft.
Same concept as Uber, I opened Lyft, requested a ride and ten minutes later I was in a car. Lyft, though, is fundamentally different. They encourage you to sit in the front because your chauffeur is just someone that is out and about with an extra seat in the car. My driver, Lynn, was simply running errands when I requested my Lyft.
She drove me home and the conversation that ensued was just like meeting someone new—pleasant and interesting. I was fascinated that Lynn is just like any other Califronia resident. As she was out in her car, she turned on Lyft and received my request. Better yet, I paid for the trip through the app. So my focus wasn't on a meter painfully adding more to my bill or on telling Lynn where to go (you put in your destination and it is sent to the driver's phone). My focus was on getting to know someone—the way it should be.
The Bay Area is thriving with Lyft drivers. In the city, drivers don't even have to wait to get a request. They just keep coming! And with 80% of cars on the road with only the driver in them, imagine the consequences of suddenly connecting paying passenger with a lonely chauffeur? That my friends could solve the 5 o clock traffic jam.
I'm enthralled with Lyft. I took it again to the train station—each ride is a pleasant adventure. When it comes to Salt Lake, it'll no doubt be my preferred form of transportation. Oh, and what's not to love when each Lyft car has a pink mustache on it!