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Uber, Lyft Return to Austin Monday
Gov. Abbott expected to sign rideshare bill
DAILY News  May 25, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rideshare firms Uber and Lyft have announced they plan to return to Austin, as Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign transportation network company law House Bill 100..."

Did the City Force Lyft to Leave?
Short answer: No
DAILY News  May 13, 2016, by Amy Kamp
"...Lyft threw more fuel onto the Prop 1 fire on Thursday...."

Uber and Lyft Are Back, in Case You Missed Them
Drivers and riders react to return of TNC giants
News Story  June 1, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...After a little more than a year of self-imposed exile, Uber and Lyft have returned to Austin. Both of the transportation network companies' apps recommenced operations by mid-afternoon on Monday, just after Gov..."

Uber, Lyft Form PAC, Push Petition
Newly formed Ridesharing Works for Austin PAC wants to make Council regs permanent
News Story  December 31, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Apologies to anybody who wished talk of transportation network companies (TNCs) would take a holiday. No sooner than five hours after learning that Lyft and Uber had banded with TechNet, ATX Safer Streets, and Austin Music People to introduce a political action committee – Ride­shar­ing Works for Austin – designed to collect the 20,000 petition signatures from registered voters necessary to make the current interim TNC rules adopted in 2014 by the previous city council permanent via either Council adoption or public referendum on the next uniform election, was I being whisked away from Austin-Bergstrom Inter­na­tional Airport in the backseat of a Lyft, getting pitched on why I should sign the petition before we'd even left the terminal...."

TCRP Sues Uber, Lyft, Yellow Cab
Alleges the companies failed to serve wheelchair-bound customers
News Story  August 7, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...On July 24, the Texas Civil Rights Project filed what have become its annual Americans With Disability Act lawsuits, presenting 30 different allegations that companies within the state have violated federal disability laws. Among the 30, the TCRP named Austin taxi giant Yellow Cab and transportation network companies Uber and Lyft, the three companies most mentioned in the ongoing development of this city's eventual transportation network ecosystem..."

Need a Lyft? Rideshare Wars, the Sequel
New player brings rideshare back to city agenda
News Story  June 5, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Transportation pandemonium kicked into high gear last Thursday, May 29, with the unexpected arrival in Austin of "transportation networking company" Lyft. Lyft slapped an assembly of pink mustaches on some four-doors, dolled up its army of heavily insured and background-checked drivers, and launched truncated, promotional-friendly services around the city...."

Uber and Lyft Go to City Hall
Will Austin finally have permanent rules governing TNCs?
DAILY News  December 18, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...“Comply” seemed to be the operative word last night in negotiations. As recently as Thursday morning, conditions of the ordinance hinged on a matter of eligibility; in addition to the other terms held within the language, drivers would need to pass fingerprint-based criminal background checks in order to be eligible to drive for a TNC – which, until recently, meant little else besides Lyft and Uber..."

Public Notice: Lyft Up; Uber Under
The city sorts out airport ride-booking, and Uber resists
News Column  March 12, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...The City of Austin Aviation Department announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement for Lyft to "become the first and only Transportation Network Company permitted to operate ... at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport." Under a one-year pilot program, effective immediately, Lyft will pay the airport a concession fee of 10% of the gross revenue it collects from operating at the airport..."

More Strong-Arming From Uber and Lyft
President of U.S. Chamber tries to undermine U.S. “Smart City” grant
DAILY News  April 24, 2016, by Michael King
"...Eversole’s two-page letter is a fairly flagrant attempt to persuade Foxx to take a dim view of Austin’s current regulations governing transportation network companies – Uber and Lyft – and she echoes in detail both the TNCs' campaign arguments and their threat to cease Austin operations if the city’s voters reject Prop. 1, the TNC-written ordinance that (among other company-favored changes) would block fingerprinting of drivers..."

The Hightower Report: How Uber Goobered and Lyft Slipped Down
Spoiled-bratism is grotesque when it comes from corporate elites
News Column  May 26, 2016, by Jim Hightower
"...Pouty, whiny, spoiled-bratism is not nice coming from a 4-year-old – but it's grotesque when it comes from billion-dollar corporate elites like Uber and Lyft...."

Public Notice: Can Uber and Lyft Play Nice?
"If a business acts like it is above the law, it will pay a heavy price."
News Column  April 14, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...It's been a tough week for the Uber/Lyft forces pushing Proposition 1 on the May 7 city ballot. Aside from the embarrassing campaign finance filings (see "Campaign Finance Reports Shed Light on Prop 1 PAC Spending," April 15), the Austin Sierra Club Executive Committee voted last week "to oppose Uber and Lyft's attempt to circumvent regulations created by the City Council to protect the citizens of Austin..."

How Uber and Lyft’s Competition Stacks Up
News Story  June 23, 2016


Uber and Lyft Go to City Hall ?
Will Austin finally have permanent rules governing TNCs
News Story  December 23, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger


Filling the Gap
In the wake of Uber and Lyft's exit, drivers and riders look for alternatives
News Story  May 12, 2016, by Mac McCann
"...With Uber and Lyft picking up their ball and going home in protest of Prop 1's failure, Austinites who used to rely on the juggernaut TNCs are now figuring out how to get around the city...."

Point Austin: How Much Money Is Too Much?
As Uber and Lyft's millions flood, Austin voters may have had enough of Prop 1
News Column  May 5, 2016, by Michael King
"...When I last wrote about the Proposition 1 campaign ("Money Doesn't Talk, It Swears," April 30), Uber and Lyft (via their political action committee, Ride­shar­ing Works for Austin) had filed finance reports with the City Clerk reflecting $7.1 million in spending to promote Prop 1. Even as reporters began to analyze that filing, RWA reported another $1 million about to be spent, which presumably includes more than $300,000 in advertising buys in supplemental reports filed Monday and Tuesday..."

72 Hours (or So) of Ridesharing
With Uber and Lyft still boycotting Austin, we take the competition for a drive
News Story  June 23, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...With transportation concerns dominating conversation from City Hall to office water coolers, and Uber and Lyft opting out of Austin proper after voters upheld the city's regulations in the May special election, the ridesharing scene has turned on its head. Numerous players are currently attempting to fill a curious vacuum left by the disappearing megalith apps...."

C'mon Take a Slow Ride
Chaos still reigns in Uber and Lyft's wake
News Story  May 19, 2016, by Mac McCann
"...The past week and a half has proven that hell hath no fury like Austinites without access to Uber and Lyft. The city has scrambled to find solutions to fill the ride-hailing void, but thus far none of the new companies has been terribly successful in providing convenient, inexpensive rides...."

Crash Course
Cabs try to survive in the era of Uber
News Story  August 6, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...He's been a driver for eight years; this past year has been his most trying. With Uber, Lyft, and the city's recent changes, it's never been more necessary that drivers get their say – or a seat inside the room..."

Public Notice: Mobility and the Devil
Only Uber and Lyft can bring back Uber and Lyft
News Column  May 12, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...Uber and Lyft spent $10 million on this campaign, and ceased service abruptly – abandoning their drivers and passengers and forgoing more millions of dollars in profits – for a very specific, and deeply held principle: that they are not subject to government regulation. It wasn't because fingerprinting is onerous, or difficult to implement – that's been proven in Houston and elsewhere – and it certainly isn't to protect the rights of their drivers – we saw how much they cared about their drivers on Monday morning when they left them high and dry, for no real reason except to make a point, as forcefully as they could: They won't operate anywhere where they don't get to write the regulations under which they will operate...."

Notes on Kamp: Everybody Loses
Council considers bad, outdated regs for Uber and Lyft
News Column  April 7, 2016, by Amy Kamp
"...Ever since they came to Austin, Uber and Lyft have behaved as though rules were for other people. It's their business model, as far as I can tell..."

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