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After Uber and Lyft, Another New Ridesharing Service Steps Up

New app Fasten claims lower rates, higher driver pay

In the wake of Uber's and Lyft's departures from Austin, alternatives both native and national are moving in fast. The latest company to join in is Fasten, a ridesharing app that touts that it "puts the driver first." According to the company's website, the service offers more income for drivers and lower rates for riders.

The company announced today that it has received the blessing of the city's Transportation Network Company (TNC) Operating Authority, which authorizes the operation of vehicles to provide on-demand transportation services.

The Boston-based startup sponsored events to sign up drivers at the Omni Hotel South Park on Thursday and Friday. The service will be available to riders on June 1.