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Tag Archives: Transportation Network Companies

Friday, April 5, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Austin’s oldest cab franchise calls it quits

After more than 75 years in business, the city’s longest-running taxicab operator, Austin Cab Company, closed its doors on Saturday, March 30.The franchise had been in business since 1943 and was one of only four taxicab businesses (the city officially…

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

How free ride-sharing could make it easier to catch the bus in Austin

The number of partnerships between public transit agencies and private ride-sharing companies like Uber has been booming. Since 2016, at least 27 such programs have sprung up across the country, including one in Central Austin.Joseph Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick…

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by Jack Craver

City wants to keep taxi franchise system

The city of Austin doesn’t want to give up on traditional taxicabs, but it acknowledges that they need to adapt to survive in the face of competition from cheaper ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft.On Thursday, City Council will…

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

State Senate trumps Austin’s ride-hailing regulations

The Texas Legislature has cleared the road for Uber and Lyft to return to Austin on their own terms.On Wednesday, the state Senate overwhelmingly approved House Bill 100 on second and third readings, sending the statewide ride-hailing regulations to Gov.…

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

House sets the table for Uber and Lyft’s return to Austin

Uber and Lyft’s self-imposed exile from Austin could be nearing the beginning of the end.On Wednesday, the Texas House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 100 on a crucial second reading. The bill would create a statewide regulatory framework…

Monday, March 20, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Gondolas! Open Letters!

High time… Perhaps in accordance with the leisurely speed at which its subject is known for, a long-awaited report on aerial gondolas is taking its sweet time in being made public. The high-flying transit alternative captured headlines last September when…

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Legislature drives closer to statewide ride-hailing regulations

Three bills that would trump Austin’s ride-hailing regulations swerved through the Texas Senate on Tuesday.In front of a standing-room-only crowd, the Committee on Business & Commerce took up Senate bills 113, 176 and 361. Each authored by Republican lawmakers, the…

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

After Uber and Lyft exit, local ride-hailing options stumble during first SXSW

Mel Roe was eating dinner Saturday night at Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant in downtown Austin when she nearly threw her phone at the wall. Roe says the app of one of Austin’s six fledgling ride-hailing companies, Fasten, would not let her…

Friday, December 16, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Council reopens path to chauffeur’s permit for many criminal offenders

City Council took action on Thursday that could help put some disqualified taxi and transportation network company drivers back on Austin roads.The amendment to the city code tweaked an existing ordinance that Council passed in June that restricted many current…

Monday, November 21, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Fuel for the fire

Austin Energy prepared for Trump’s coal revival… During a presentation on Austin Energy’s financial health at the Electric Utility Commission meeting on Monday, Commissioner Stefan Wray asked AE Deputy General Manager Mark Dombroski a question about the elephant in the…

Friday, November 18, 2016 by Jack Craver

Uber wants to come back to Austin

Uber does not have hard feelings about Prop 1.In a forum hosted by the Austin Monitor, Glasshouse Policy and KUT on the patio of the Ginger Man bar downtown, a representative of the ride-hailing giant expressed regret about the tenor…

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

With 100,000 potential voters, Austin tech groups flex political muscle

Imagine 100,000 dormant, unengaged voters just waiting to be drawn into the Austin political scene.That’s the potential that a pair of local technology groups see in the Austin tech community, which they hope to get involved in the local and…

Monday, August 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Victorious Prop 1 PAC prepares for next battle

Dozens of supporters of the homespun political action committee that brought two multibillion-dollar global corporations to heel last May held a victory party of sorts in Central Austin last week.According to the invitation, the Our City, Our Safety, Our Choice…

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Austin’s hotels resting well without Uber and Lyft

More than two months after Uber and Lyft shut down operations in Austin, one sector whose customers relied heavily on the companies has collectively shrugged and embraced the proliferation of new and existing alternatives.At a convention-style meet-and-greet at the Hyatt…

Monday, July 18, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: TNC (and TNC-adjacent) battles continue

We’re here for your posts… If you checked out of the news over the weekend, the Austin Monitor has your back. Late Friday afternoon, the city’s Transportation Department attempted to enter the Matrix and track down the Facebook group for the…

Friday, June 17, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council approves law barring many former offenders from driving for taxi companies, TNCs

City Council approved an ordinance that will bar many convicted of low-level criminal offenses from operating a taxi or driving for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft for many years after their offense.Those convicted of certain felony offenses,…

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Uber and Lyft swing by the Legislature

Uber and Lyft were back in Austin on Wednesday afternoon for a rambling hearing at the State Capitol that also featured several upstart competitors, representatives from friendly and not-so-friendly cities and at least one NFL Hall of Famer.The State House…

Monday, June 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: True Facts

Über Uber… Avid Whispers readers will note that, last week, we reported on an erroneous Uber claim that the Circuit of the Americas racetrack was outside of the Austin City Limits and drivers “could earn BIG” by driving people to…

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Local tech creators unveil nonprofit ride-hailing app

Standing atop the same stage where men and women perform bawdy pranks as part of adult entertainment-themed bingo every Tuesday at the Alamo Drafthouse’s Highball, local tech leader Joe Liemandt added another ride-hailing company to the list of those scrambling…

Friday, May 20, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

At City Hall, tempers flare over TNC resolution

City Council has formally taken steps to accelerate the expansion of ride-hailing options in order to fill the chasm created by Uber and Lyft’s abrupt departure earlier this month.Thursday’s discussion on the dais was just the latest entry in a…

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