Day 2 of the 3-day drivers fair
and the line for signing up with GetMe was by far the longest. I asked the guy at the head of the line how long he had been waiting. His answer was three hours and forty minutes. The wait about ten yards back down the line was three hours and twenty-five minutes. Way around the corner at the back of the line, the latest arrivals had been waiting just ten minutes.
All these people you see in line still have the GetMe vehicle inspection ahead of them. There are six corporate employees at GetMe’s new headquarters in Austin, so you can see that might be a time-consuming process.
One person guessed that about two thousand people completed the onboarding process with GetMe before Uber and Lyft abandoned their drivers on May 9th. I took a screen shot of the drivers around Steck and Shoal Creek at 1:18 p.m. May 17th, so you can see there are rides available. I haven’t yet tried out their service. I may ease into it by having them deliver some Pad Thai from Thai Fresh, since Favor won’t deliver south of Ben White and PostMates seems outrageously expensive. The first choice you make when you open the GetMe app is for either a delivery or a ride.
The Android app has only a two-star rating out of five, but I had no problems installing it and setting up an account. The same person as above guessed that about twenty-five thousand riders installed the app the first few days after Uber and Lyft’s self-exile to the Austin metro’s suburbs. The app has already updated once, so hopefully its rating will climb.
Fare, aka Ride Fare, had a very short line and about a ten minute wait. They expect city approval of their application on Friday, May 20th, so you don’t see any cars in that screen shot I took on May 17th. When they will have drivers on Austin’s roads is an unknown, which is almost certainly why you see so few people in line.
Wingz and zTrip were signing up drivers at the fair in preparation to expand beyond trips to and from the airport (Wingz) and beyond their taxi and limousine service (zTrip). No lines, but there were drivers sitting at their tables and going through their process. My big blogger scoop that I didn’t see mentioned in the Statesman or the Austin Monitor was that Yellow Cab was also at the fair. They have an app called Hailacab.
“Information about participation levels will be provided by request beginning Monday, May 23,” according to the Austin Transportation Department.