Unfortunately, the rules passed by City Council don't allow true ridesharing to operate. Instead, they make it harder for part-time drivers, the heart of Lyft’s peer-to-peer model, to get on the road and harder for passengers to get a ride. Because of this, we have to take a stand for a long-term path forward that lets ridesharing continue to grow across the country, and will pause operations in Austin on Monday, May 9th.
We want to thank the incredible Lyft Austin community for all they’ve done to keep ridesharing in their city. Thanks to each and every one of you, we took drunk drivers off the road, made it easier for residents and visitors to get around, and provided a flexible way to make ends meet. But we’re not giving up. We will continue fighting for people in Austin to have modern options like Lyft.
We’re very disappointed to leave the Lyft Austin community — and we hope to come back soon. If you’d like to help make Austin rideshare-friendly again, reach out to your City Council member and tell them.