Flat fares, not tires
Carbon neutral chauffeur service gears up to add route between Austin and San Antonio
It may feel like your Uber driver is a chauffeur — and certainly, they are — but a service new to Austin is delivering on the luxury experience on long-range rides. Blacklane connects "key metropolitan areas," which now includes a route between Austin and San Antonio.
Austinites are likely familiar with the hour-and-a-quarter drive — about 80 miles — between the two cities, which can also be accessed via bus (Greyhound, Megabus) and train (Amtrak). With Blacklane, travelers between the two cities receive "door-to-door" transportation, eliminating error in making transfers or finding stations. Although the ride is not cheap ($265 one way with a maximum of three riders), fares are fixed and all-inclusive, meaning a rider doesn't have to worry about tolls or tipping.
In addition to inter-city travel, Blacklane offers airport transfers, on-demand local rides, and hourly bookings. And although a personal ride is, of course, usually less eco-friendly than public transit, the company claims an industry first in offsetting all carbon emissions from its trips, rendering the service carbon-neutral. Blacklane targets driver pain points, too, hoping to reduce "empty leg journeys" and create more opportunities for stable earnings.
Blacklane is now active in 50 countries. The Austin addition comes in a round of 90 new routes in 11 countries.
“We have seen immense growth and demand for Blacklane in the United States. While we’re available in major cities throughout the country, we’re thrilled to expand our offerings to new cities and better serve our travelers,” said head of market management in the Americas Kyle Fackler. “We’re working closely with our chauffeurs to ensure we meet all of our traveler’s needs and requests with the best-in-class service that we are known for.”
Book a ride or find more information at blacklane.com.