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Lyft expands Austin-area coverage to 10 new Central Texas cities

Lyft expands Austin-area coverage to 10 new Central Texas cities

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Lyft rolls into the Hill Country. Courtesy photo

Residents of 10 Central Texas communities — mostly in the Hill Country — now are able to get a lift from Lyft.

Communities just added by the ride-hailing service are Blanco, Burnet, Canyon Lake, Horseshoe Bay, Johnson City, Kingsland, Marble Falls, Smithville, Spring Branch, and Tow. Lyft already provides its ride-hailing service in places like Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Lakeway, Leander, Pflugerville, Round Rock, and San Marcos.

The Central Texas expansion comes nearly three months after Lyft and ride-hailing rival Uber returned to Austin.

In May 2016, Uber and Lyft exited Austin, but not surrounding cities, immediately after the Austin City Council instituted fingerprint-based background checks for ride-hailing drivers.

A year later, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a collection of new regulations for ride-hailing services across the state, but those rules don’t mandate fingerprint-based background checks for drivers. The state law canceled out Austin’s ride-hailing ordinance, paving the way for Uber and Lyft to resume serving Austin.

To mark the Central Texas expansion, new Lyft users in the new coverage area can use the code ATXLYFT for $5 off their first 10 rides.

“Lyft is thrilled to increase coverage in the region so that locals and visitors have more safe, reliable transportation options,” the company says in a news release.