Local ride-hailing company RideAustin says they have seen a 36 percent decline in their ride volume this week in compared to last week, when Uber and Lyft were not operating in Austin.
“Now we need your help to keep our local non-profit alive,” the group sent out in an email. The ride-hailing giants returned to Austin on Monday, more than a year after the two companies left, when an attempt to do away with the city’s fingerprint-based background checks for drivers failed.
RideAustin focused on its more than $250,000 raised for local charities — mostly going to Austin Pets Alive!, Paws of Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center — in its appeal to customers.
The company claims they’ve provided nearly two million rides to Austin. They also say they will continue to respect the wishes of Austin voters […]