Uber vs. Austin
Uber pulls out of Austin — but leaves one thing on the table
After Austinites voted down Proposition 1 over the weekend, Uber and Lyft followed up on a very serious threat to pull out of Austin. As of Monday morning, both ride-sharing companies have halted all operations within city limits — except for UberEats, that is.
As a food delivery service, UberEats is not required to adhere to the much-debated regulations that Uber and other ride-sharing companies have to follow, such as vehicle identifiers and fingerprint-based background checks for drivers.
UberEats launched its own app earlier this year and dramatically increased the number of participating restaurants and the local delivery area. Austinites can order breakfast, lunch, and dinner from nearly 100 area restaurants.
UberEats is available seven days a week from 8 am to midnight. Delivery fees range from $3 to $5 per order, and a meal can take as little as 10 minutes to arrive. So while rides from Uber and Lyft are a thing of the past, a quick meal is still on the table.