AUSTIN — Uber and Lyft drove right out of Austin Monday morning. Yeah, after threatening to end service in the state capitol if a proposition over fingerprint background checks failed to pass, the ride sharing apps followed through and shut it down.
Because Prop 1 failed to pass, ride sharing apps will now have to adhere to stricter fingerprint background checks, but Uber and Lyft aren’t playing ball.
The result of the vote is especially devastating for the companies since they spent over $8 million in advertising during the campaign.
Citizens and drivers alike seem divided on the contentious issue. Just checking the Prop 1 hashtag on Twitter, you see Austinites blasting what they call political overreach by the city. Others are hammering the apps for ceasing their service, taking away a source of income for thousands.
But this controversy might be a wide-open door for one local start-up. "Get Me" is a ride sharing app, initially started in Dallas, and they’ve vowed to stay put in Austin. With the demand for these ride shares sky high, Get Me may just have the opportunity they need to burst onto the scene.
Well, no matter what happens over the coming weeks, with so many ride shares off the grid, folks in Austin may want to invest in a bicycle.