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.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The cabbies killed their own industry.
    When you stink, are rude, don’t speak English well, hate Americans, and your service is “expensive” for the level of “service” that you provide, then don’t be surprised when you go out of business when people are given a viable choice.
    Good luck enforcing sharia in your now empty cabs!

    • It’s getting worse. The City of Toronto a few days ago officially dropped the requirement that cab drivers speak English.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Experienced taxi drivers should earn more money working for Uber or Lyft than could working for a taxi company.

    • Clink9

      The smartest ones should have jumped over to Uber by now.
      I think we’ll be paying welfare soon for the ones that remain.

  • The internet and free enterprise have changed a lot of industries. Look at what Craigslist did to the newspaper industry.

    Get over it. Change happens.

    Get ready for what’s next, not what use to be.

  • Ed


  • Surele Surele

    “Uber and Lyft have devastated L.A.’s taxi industry, city records show”. And the
    downside of it is?….

    • Clink9

      Zip, nothing, zilch, nada, zero, …

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Now those taxy emperors need to compete with Uber before they go out of business.