July 21, 2017

New ride-hailing service arrives in Austin — but it’s not like Uber



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Pickup will be free for a limited time. Austin’s Capital Metro Transportation Authority is teaming up with ride-hailing startup Via — which boasts that it’s establishing “the public transit system of the future” — to test a ride-hailing service in Austin. Unlike ride-hailing operators Uber and Lyft, which returned to Austin on May 29 after a one-year absence, the new service is more carpool than cab.

In partnership with Via, Capital Metro is set to launch a ride-hailing transit service called Pickup on June 6. The new service will let riders — through a mobile app — arrange on-demand trips in Austin’s Mueller, Windsor Park, and Coronado Hills neighborhoods. The service zone extends from the intersection of Manor Road and Airport Boulevard to the I-35 access road north of Rutherford Lane.

“We’re committed to taking advantage of every opportunity we can to improve the way we move people around Central Texas,” Linda Watson, president and CEO of Cap Metro, said in announcing Pickup.

The Pickup service will run 9 am to 6 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. During the pilot phase, it will be available at no charge for a limited time.

After downloading the Pickup app and setting up an account, a […]

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