June 22, 2017

After more than a year Uber and Lyft are getting ready to be back in Austin

Texas State Capitol building-close oblique view
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Even though Governor Greg Abbott has not yet signed a bill allowing Uber and Lyft to come back to Austin the companies are back in town getting ready.

Uber and Lyft were busy recruiting new drivers and getting previous ones back on track just a week after legislation passed allowing them back into Austin. Aaron Fox is the General Manager for Lyft in Austin, “We’ve got a lot of new applicants that are excited to join and we’re working with them to get them on, we’ve extended our office hours here,” he said.

The Texas legislature approved a bill taking away local ordinances, such as the fingerprint background checks here in Austin and will now have statewide regulations. “Really it’s the people that win, the people in Austin now have more choices for who they want to ride with and they can choose and the competition is ultimately what makes us all better, and I think that’s a good thing for all of us,” Fox said. But not everyone is on board with an Uber/Lyft second coming. An industry seeming to be on its way out – has been thriving the last year. Robert Hill is a taxi cab driver and […]

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