5 alternative apps Austinites can use instead of Uber or Lyft


Uber and Lyft suspended service inside Austin on Monday because voters on Saturday rejected Proposition 1, which would have repealed some city rules for drivers employed by ride-hailing companies. Here are 5 alternate apps Austinites can use to get around:

1. GetMe: The company’s representatives have repeatedly said they would continue to operate in Austin no matter the outcome of the election. It works like Uber and Lyft, but with a much smaller fleet of drivers.

2. Wingz: On Monday, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport annouced a partnership with the smartphone app Wingz. The app offers rides to and from the airport. In addition to users’ location and destination, Wingz also requests their flight details.

“Everything is known in advance,” said Wingz CEO Chris Brandon. “We’re pre-scheduled, flat rate, surge free. You know exactly how much it’s going to cost. You know who the driver is going to be.”

3. CapMetro: People can use the city’s app to figure out the best bus or rail line to get to their destination. Users can also purchase a bus pass (for one day, seven days or 31 days) with a credit card or PayPal through the app if they choose. To use the app, enter your location, your destination, how far you’re willing to walk, and what time you need to leave or arrive.

4. Hailacab: Yellow Cab has an app with an interface similar to Uber’s and Lyft’s. To have a taxi come to your location, hit the “Book Taxi” button, and you can watch your taxi driver head your way. Adjust the settings at the top of the screen to change the “cash” option to “credit” request, book a taxi at a different day or time, or request a specific type of vehicle.

5. Car2go: This option will take a few days between the time you sign up and when you are approved. This company offers registered users the ability to take one of the available car2go Smart Cars scattered throughout the city. There is a one-time sign up fee of $35, and car2go charges users 41 cents per minute.


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