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What Uber taught us about how Atlantans acted on New Year’s Eve 

The main functionality of Uber is, of course, getting riders safely from point A to point B. 

But let’s put that aside for right now. Because it’s also a useful tool for providing a glimpse at how many Atlantans rang in 2018. 

Some of the anecdotes are real head-scratchers; others are less surprising. In the latter category, the most drop-offs were made at big event venues. 

The places with the biggest draws were, according to a spokeswoman, as follows: Georgia World Congress Center, which hosted a techno music “experience” featuring Bassnectar; the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which welcomed fans for the Falcons/Panthers game; and SunTrust Park, which held a party with ice sculptors, fire breathers, a DJ, pet shows, a circus performer, aerialists, acrobats, fireworks and a performance from Charles Esten from CMT’s “Nashville.”


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In the “things that make you go hmm” file, one person took a total of eight rides throughout the night. Were they trying to outrun Father Time? 

And when the clock struck midnight, 1,315 riders were in an Uber. That’s 1,315 people who should resolve to plan ahead better in 2018.

There were 16,783 riders who used UberPool, opting to share their ride with others. 

One driver got the biggest tip of the evening: $50. That rider, presumably, got a decent rating in return. 

The data also intimates that many people used Uber Eats to bring hosts party food, or dinner for those yet to go out. The most popular time to order food through the app was 6 p.m., and the most-ordered food item was chicken wings. 


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The New Year's Eve celebration took place at Woodruff Park.

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