As of 8:30 a.m. Monday, the Lyft app in Central Austin was still carrying this message: “Lyft is not yet available here.”
Then, a few minutes after 10 a.m., Gov. Greg Abbott affixed his signature to House Bill 100 , taking ride hailing regulation statewide in Texas, rendering moot the Austin ordinanc e that Lyft and its chief competitor Uber disliked, and simultaneously removing their reason for declining to arrange rides here.
Monday, Abbott said, is a “celebration of freedom and free enterrprise. This is freedom for every Texan, and especially those who live in the Austin area.”
Uber and Lyft, after a year of being available only to customers calling for a pickup in Austin’s suburbs, are back — Lyft moments after the governor signed the bill and Uber beginning at noon Monday. But RideAustin, Fare and a handful of other ride-hailing companies who set up shop and flourished in the absence of […]