Does anyone know of a place to drop off for Balloon Fiesta without having to go through the horribly backed up traffic?
Thanks wish I would have read this earlier currently stuck in balloon fiesta park with no way out for the next 2- 3 hoursWell now you guys get to experience what us cabbies had to deal with for years. Recently Fiesta traffic control is treating us better, but up until 3 years ago, they treated us just like any regular car.
Whatever you do, on mass ascension days don't get caught in the one-way traffic going into the park. There's no way out, and you'll be stuck in there for a long time. If it's later then 5:30 on a mass ascension day, drive as close as you can where there's still a way to turn around. Try to get within a mile of the park. Apologize, blame it on the Fiesta policies or city or whatever, but tell your PAX they have to walk the rest of the way. If you drop them off at I-25 and Alameda, it's all downhill to the park.
Better yet, sell them on going to a Park-N-Ride location. Learn the half-dozen locations around town. Tell them the buses can get inside fast, but you can't. Yes, it's a smaller fare, but you guys make joke rates while sitting in traffic.
On slower early week days, the traffic's not that bad. Just keep telling everyone you're dropping off, not parking.
And if you do get stuck in Fiesta traffic, while you're waiting, ponder this. This is Albuquerque's largest annual event. The excess money we make the next ten days carries us through the holidays and winter blues. Yet apparently Uber didn't take the time to negotiate a drop off/pick up spot for you. They must really care about you, huh.
And of course all of this might be irrelevant. After three weeks of perfect weather, now it looks like rain and wind may put a damper on lots of the Fiesta activities.