Lyft tracks passenger tipping trends in Austin, finds areas with most (and least) generous riders

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With the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas, October is a busy month for Austin—and the ride-sharing companies that operate here.

An analysis on tipping in Austin conducted by the ride-sharing company Lyft revealed tipping trends across the city.

Certain pick-up sites are more likely to include tips, and higher tips, than others. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has one of the highest averages for passengers’ likelihood to tip in the city. Circuit of the Americas took first place for highest average tip. Downtown riders tipped most frequently of any in the city.

Outside of the airport and Circuit of the Americas, the highest-average-tip areas were found in Austin’s surrounding suburbs of Leander, Round Rock, Anderson Mill, Oak Hill and Cedar Park.

The lowest percent of tippers were found in the 78705 and 78712 area codes, which include the University of Texas at Austin campus and the West Campus area.

“Since becoming the first ride-share company to allow in-app tipping, Lyft is continuing to allow passengers to recognize and appreciate drivers and to ensure drivers can earn more,” Lyft Austin General Manager Aaron Fox said in a Nov. 17 news release. “Austinites are generous.”

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  1. Should this mention that it is only tracking tips made through the app? Or does it also include cash tips? That might swing the numbers or frame it differently.

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Emma Freer

Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. In addition to reporting on local businesses, she also writes about the city's higher education community and topics such as the DACA program, local animal shelters' response to Hurricane Harvey and redistricting in Texas. She recently graduated from Columbia Journalism School.

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