Uber and Lyft have devastated L.A.’s taxi industry, city records show

The rise of Uber and Lyft have dealt a swift, brutal blow to the Los Angeles taxi industry, city records show.

Since the ride-hailing services began operating in Southern California three years ago, the number of L.A. taxi trips arranged in advance has fallen by 42%, according to city data, and the total number of trips has plummeted by nearly a third.

The steepest drops were in the city’s most popular nightlife and tourist destinations: the Westside, Hollywood and downtown.

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