ACL welcomes new ridesharing companies

Austin's rideshare economy is at a critical point pending a controversial Dec 17th council vote on new rules.
Austin's rideshare economy is at a critical point pending a controversial Dec 17th council vote on new rules.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Austin City Limits Music Festival is in full swing, but have things changed since ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft left town? Other companies like Fasten and Fare moved in to fill the void. Those companies tell KXAN that they will likely double their normal number of rides this week due to ACL.

“We were really stressed out about it since Uber and Lyft are gone now, so we didn’t know if it was going to be good or not, but it was actually really good,” said Fasten rider Kimberly Duong.

For thousands of music fans, sometimes the most stressful part of enjoying the festival is finding your way there. With traffic and full parking lots many are opting out of their own transportation and turning to friendly strangers for a ride.

“I think the people have grown to love Fasten, yeah. But, I don’t think people are over Uber leaving,” said Fasten driver Chad Wright.

Wright has been driving for Fasten for three and a half months. In that time, he’s given almost three thousand rides. “It’s the most fun I’ve ever had at a job, ever,” Wright said.

Facing an ACL without Uber and Lyft, many music fans wondered how they would get around. That’s when Wright found Fasten. “I think it’s a lot more like a mom and pop, more hands on. Even if you park you’re going to have to walk, so this is going to make it easier on everyone,” Wright said.

“It was really positive, the difference is that we were dropped off at the back of the fest this year, which is kind of awesome to use the walk bridge and the crowds aren’t as bad on the backside,” said ACL attendee Amy Layton.

ACL has created a dedicated pick-up lot for people coming and going. To find it, they say to follow the signs across the MoPac Foot-bridge. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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