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Airports have been traditionally been one of the only battlefields on which traditional taxi companies have found success in fighting Uber and Lyft. Almost every airport has a different set of rules on any given day. In San Francisco, there’s a tax on UberX rides from the airport and you have to meet your vehicle at departures. Last time I was in Chicago, Lyft could operate but Uber couldn’t. That’s since changed — multiple times.
Either way you skin the cat, the car sharing companies continue to make inroads. On Tuesday, LA voted to allow Uber and Lyft to operate out of LAX. Apparently Atlanta is next.
That low rumbling you hear in the distance is the sound of inevitability. While there’s certainly space for regulation and measure in the new world of e-hailing, we’ve spent too long trying to figure out how to make taxis and shared cars work in perfect harmony. Let the free economy take its toll.
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Screw them both. Where is the Metro LAX station?
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