June 24, 2017

Uber, Lyft Are (Probably) Returning to Austin



Texas State Capitol
Larry D. Moore [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Uber and Lyft will relaunch services in Austin on Monday, now that Texas lawmakers have passed a bill overriding local regulations on ride-hailing companies.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign House Bill 100 into law the same day. That measure establishes a statewide framework to regulate ride-hailing companies and undoes local rules that the two companies have argued are overly burdensome for their business models.

“Austin is an incubator for technology and entrepreneurship, and we are excited to be back in the mix,” Uber spokesman Travis Considine said. “… We know that we have a lot of work to do in the city, but we couldn’t be more excited for the road ahead.”

“We’re excited to return to Austin on Monday. As we’ve said for months, we will relaunch in the city as soon as Gov. Abbott signs HB 100 into law,” Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Harrison said.Uber and Lyft left Austin after the Austin City Council passed an ordinance in December 2015 requiring ride-hailing companies to perform […]

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