South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...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..."
"...Lyft threw more fuel onto the Prop 1 fire on Thursday...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...“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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."