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Ride-Sharing App ‘Fare’ Abruptly Stops Service in Austin

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Uber and Lyft are back in Austin after stopping their service due to a failed $10 million campaign in April 2016. The companies didn’t want to follow the city’s regulations to fingerprint their employees, so they pulled out of Austin. Now, the Statesman reports, “Gov. Abbott signed legislation that made ride-hailing regulations a state affair. The move immediately rendered Austin’s ride-hailing rules inoperative, paving the way for Uber and Lyft to resume operating in Austin.”

But Uber and Lyft’s return isn’t so convenient for the smaller ride-sharing apps that filled the hole the major companies left. KVUE says that RideAustin has already seen a 36 percent loss in rides, and Fare has shut down abruptly.

Austin customers received an email from the company at 1 a.m. Tuesday morning that explained, “Unfortunately, we are unable to endure the recent loss of business.” They went on to say, “Thank you for keeping it really weird too! We enjoyed the opportunity to serve and get to know so many of you, your business never went unappreciated. We will never forget you Austin!”

KXAN states that Fare was the first of the newcomer ride-sharing apps that was able to pick people off and drop them off at the Austin Airport.