When did RideAustin officially begin service?
RideAustin officially began taking rides from the general public on June 16th 2016, just 5 weeks after initial development. The service has been embraced by the Austin community and continues to experience incredibly growth daily.
What is RideAustin's current service area?
Ride Austin serves Austin and the entire greater Austin area! That area includes Austin, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Barton Creek, Bee Cave, Buda, Cedar Park, Elgin, Georgetown, Hutto, Jollyville, Kyle, Lakeway, Lost Creek, Leander, Manchaca, Manor, McNeil, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Taylor, Webberville, Wellsbranch, and West Lake Hills.
When will RideAustin start recruiting drivers?
We are actively signing up drivers Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at our facility at 1203 West 5th Street. To assist with the fingerprint-based background checks - we will be reimbursing drivers for the cost, after they have completed 20 trips with RideAustin. Download the app to start the driver signup process.
How much will I make driving for RideAustin?
Since RideAustin is non-profit - we can provide the drivers with a higher percentage of the total fare while keeping the fare low for riders. The total amount drivers will make will depend on how fast we can ramp rider volume.
What mobile platforms does RideAustin support
The RideAustin rider app is available both on IOS and for Android. The driver version is currently available on IOS and we will be releasing the Android version in Sept.
Who is RideAustin?
RideAustin is a community driven non-profit ridesharing company. The RideAustin launch team is led by Joe Liemandt, a longtime Austin tech entrepreneur and Andy Tryba, CEO of Crossover. It is powered by donations, with paid and volunteer hours from both the Austin tech community and the broader Austin community working together.
Why was RideAustin formed?
Austinites enjoy ridesharing and our city needs more transportation options. Since Uber and Lyft have left Austin and are not coming back anytime soon, it's up to us to take action and create our community solution.
Why does RideAustin think it can be successful?
The previous rideshare companies spent millions of dollars then chose to abandon the 'factory' (drivers & riders) they built. We believe with the backing of the community - RideAustin can quickly harness this infrastructure - build the right solution and fill the void and provide a great, safe service.
How much will it cost to build RideAustin?
Since a lot of what is needed is already in place to make ridesharing feasible in Austin - we believe we can do it much less than what it costs to launch in a new city. The tech community has already contributed the technology to power the app that costs millions to develop - but it will still take significant donations from the Austin community to make RideAustin successful.
Why is RideAustin a non-profit?
RideAustin believes that ridesharing should be for everyone. To drive costs down and to make this accessible to all Austinites - we are not generating profits. This will enable drivers to earn more and riders to pay less while helping support local charities.
What is the charitable donation part of RideAustin?
We designed RideAustin from the beginning to be for the community by the community. There are a lot of great charities in Austin that we feel should also benefit from ridesharing. By making it easy for people to 'round up' their fares - we can provide local charities contributions on an ongoing basis. Our charitable work will eventually include free and reduced priced rides to low income elderly and the disabled.
How does this relate to Prop 1 and fingerprinting?
With Prop 1 losing - the Austin voters decided to require fingerprint-based background checks. RideAustin was developed specifically to follow the new ride sharing ordinance while simultaneously offering a great, safe service.
Do you provide insurance for your drivers?
Yes! You can check out the details below:
Period 1 (Driver logged in, but has not accepted request)
- $50k bodily injury, $100k total injury, $25k property damage (excess)
Period 2 (Driver accepted request) and Period 3 (on a trip)
- $1M 3rd party liability, $1M UI/UM (uninsured / underinsured motorist)
How do I file complaints about drivers or passengers?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any complaints about driver or passenger behavior. RideAustin has a zero tolerance policy on the use of drugs or alcohol by our drivers. If you suspect your driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, please call the police and also email us at email@example.com.
What about the other for-profit ridesharing companies entering the Austin market?
We encourage and support all innovation in Austin and look forward to great solutions for the community. Austin now has major opportunities for ridesharing innovations to flourish with the departure of Uber & Lyft.
How can I help?
RideAustin will need the entire Austin community to assist. First - donate to the cause through our Kickstarter campaign. Second - download the app and spread the awareness. Third - use the app and/or drive for RideAustin.