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The Human Cost of Uber and Lyft: Life in the Dying Taxi Industry

By Sam Harnett, KQED News Fix/The California Report

Carl Ditlefsen vacuums out his car as the sun sets on the Green Cab taxi lot. He’s the only cab driver here. Next to the lot is a cluttered two-person office and a tarp lean-to. It covers a portable toilet with a sign that reads “Taxi Driver Parking Only.”

Ditlefsen just finished a slow 11-hour shift, and he’s had only one good ride all day. His pay will be less than minimum wage, and these days, that’s normal. Ditlefsen’s competitors, like Lyft and Uber drivers, routinely make $20 to $30 an hour. 

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/The California Report.