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New Rideshare Program To Launch Despite Being Illegal In Austin

Updated: Thursday, May 29 2014, 05:04 AM CDT

Later today you could have a new way to get around Austin.

Lyft, a popular rideshare company, plans to hit the road today.

But if it happens, the city says they'll be operating illegally.

It could be months before people have other late night options besides cabs.

The city is now a couple weeks into a 6-month long process of setting up a ridesharing pilot program.

Tonight, one company could go ahead with plans of their own.

This morning, Austin is now listed as one of Lyft's official cities on their website.

They plan to launch at 7 p.m. tonight and hold an Austin kickoff party downtown Friday night.

Lyft runs like a lot of ride share companies

You download an app on your phone, if you need a ride it helps you find a nearby driver and you pay for it.

This morning, at least one cab company isn't happy about it.

Yellow Cab's president released this statement saying, in part,

"Transportation Network Companies choosing to launch illegal operations shows a complete lack of respect for the City Of Austin. We strongly advise everyone to ask for proof of commercial insurance before using any illegal service."

Lyft says their drivers are insured and go through background checks

New Rideshare Program To Launch Despite Being Illegal In Austin


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