June 22, 2017

Texas Governor Signs Uber, Lyft Back into Austin



Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas
By World Travel & Tourism Council (Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Lyft app went live about 10:40 a.m. Uber and its app followed about noon.

The Austin ride-hailing free-for-all had officially begun.

Monday, Abbott said, is a “celebration of freedom and free enterprise,” referencing the bill signing and Memorial Day.“This is freedom for every Texan, and especially those who live in the Austin area. … It’s so disappointing that we gather today in a city that rejected and jettisoned that very freedom from the customers who wanted to have a choice about which transportation provider they would choose,” he said.

Austin leaders, who in December 2015 passed the law that Uber and Lyft could not countenance, rejected that formulation of the situation as HB 100 worked its way through the Legislature this spring. […]

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