Lyft Highlights Top Spots for Baltimore Riders in 2016

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Courtesy Lyft

M&T Bank Stadium, Horseshoe Casino and Power Plant Live! were some of the most popular places to get dropped off if you were a Lyft customer in 2016.

The San Francisco-based company today published its picks for this year’s Lyftie Awards, which highlight the most common destinations for users in the service’s top markets. This year’s awards included six categories for “most visited” places in 24 U.S. cities. The categories were: Restaurant, bar, venue, transit stop, “Only in…” (presumably a tourist destination) and “trending destination.”

Drawing on its trove of data from Baltimore riders, Lyft found Barcocina in Fells Point and adult playground Power Plant Live! downtown were the most popular restaurant and bar destinations. Somewhat predictably, the most common drop-off locations for events and public transit were M&T Bank Stadium and Penn Station. Morgan State University won the “Only in…” title – fitting, since there’s only one Morgan State University – while Horseshoe Casino was the top “trending” destination.

We reached out to the company to see whether there’s any additional granularity to their data – age ranges of users, common geographic starting points or the proportion of all users in the city who visited these places, for example.

Lyft didn’t include Baltimore in its 2015 awards, so perhaps the fact that Charm City made it into the second edition of the Lyfties is a sign that it’s become a stronger market for the company. Now that the State of Maryland has agreed to give Lyft and Uber their own terms for running background checks on drivers, both companies are expected to keep doing business here rather than leave entirely. Given that development, Baltimore will likely only become a stronger market for the disruptive company, making it a contender for even more Lyftie appearances for years to come.

Ethan McLeod
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Ethan McLeod

Associate Editor at Baltimore Fishbowl
Ethan is Baltimore Fishbowl's associate editor. He previously covered Baltimore-area news as a web producer for Fox45/WBFF-TV. Before arriving in Baltimore, he worked as an assistant editor for CQ Researcher in Washington D.C., and a reporter for Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. Look for his freelance bylines in Baltimore City Paper and DCist.
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