As of 8:30 a.m. Monday, the Lyft app in Austin was still carrying this message: “Lyft is not yet available here.”
Then, a few minutes after 10 a.m., Gov. Greg Abbott used four pens to affix his signature to House Bill 100, taking ride-hailing regulation statewide in Texas and rendering moot the Austin ordinance that Lyft and its chief competitor, Uber, disliked so much they shut down operations in Austin a little more than a year ago.
The Lyft app went live about 10:40 a.m. Uber and its app followed about noon.
The Austin ride-hailing free-for-all had officially begun.