Fasten closes its doors on 5 March 2018

Old Mar 2, 18, 9:06 pm
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Fasten closes its doors on 5 March 2018

Fasten, a ride-sharing company based in Boston and also operating in Austin, is closing up shop:

With heavy hearts, we are writing to let you know that as of 12am on Monday, March 5th, we will be shutting down all operations in Austin and Boston. Fasten has agreed to be acquired by Vezet Group, one of the top ten ride-hailing companies across the globe. While they will be using our brand and our technology to grow their business in other parts of the world, they will be freezing our operations in the U.S.
So Boston goes back to being a two-player market of Uber and Lyft. (Don’t know about the Austin market.)

Their whole model was to geared towards drivers; instead of giving up a big % to Uber/Lyft, Fasten would charge their drivers a flat fee for each ride or let them pay a monthly “subscription” fee. As a rider, I never really used Fasten that much: it took much longer to match with a driver and their rates weren’t necessarily competitive. (They never got around to launching a comparable product to UberPool or LyftLine.)
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Old Mar 3, 18, 10:11 pm
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Boston had almost always been a two player operation. Bridj existed for a little bit and was great, but they went under as well. Fasten absolutely sucked, and their app was deplorable.
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Old Mar 4, 18, 1:28 pm
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Boston had almost always been a two player operation. Bridj existed for a little bit and was great, but they went under as well. Fasten absolutely sucked, and their app was deplorable.
Not sure what you were looking for, but on a number of occasions, Fasten was cheaper than Uber or Lyft when those apps were surging, and was a viable option to travel at a lower cost.
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Old Mar 4, 18, 11:37 pm
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In my experience, Fasten was almost never cheaper than Uber/Lyft when I needed it, because they had very few drivers on the road. Viable? Well, if the app worked. The app constantly crashed or got stuck on the green screen with the spinning E logo.
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Old Apr 29, 18, 2:31 pm
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Iím sorry to hear that Fasten has closed shop.
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