Uber And Lyft Have Scale- But Copycats And Hybrids Are On The Way (11-7-17)

FILE PHOTO: A driver displays Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs in his car windscreen in Santa Monica, California, U.S., May 23, 2016. This logo has been updated and is no longer in use. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

Washington — Taxi companies across the US waged a bitter, high-profile battle to keep Uber Technologies and Lyft from bringing the sharing economy to cabs.

They lost. Now the cabbies are adopting an “if you can’t beat them, join them” strategy.

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In The Era Of Uber And Lyft, These Long-Time D.C. Cabbies Drive On (11-1-17)

85-year-old cabbie Willie Ashton who started driving cabs in 1953. This is part of Martin DiCaro’s story on older cab drivers.

When Willie Stewart Ashton moved from his native Westmoreland County in rural Virginia to Washington in the early 1950s, he found his calling.

“I wanted to be a mechanic, but I decided to forgo that and come into Washington and be a taxi driver,” said Mr. Willie, as his friends call him. “I wanted to be independent.”

Sixty-four years later, Ashton still plies the capital city’s roads. At 85, he’s one of about 250 D.C. cabbies who are at least 75 years old. They are the last of a generation of old school drivers hanging onto a profession in decline, who simply enjoy driving and conversing as much as earning some money to augment their Social Security income.

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DC Won’t Restore Subsidized Cab Rides for Paratransit Riders This Week (10-30-17)

Despite many complaints from some people with disabilities, D.C. does not plan to allow more riders to use subsidized taxis instead of MetroAccess paratransit service. FILE. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

WASHINGTON — Despite complaints from users who are blind, in wheelchairs or living with other disabilities, the District does not plan to allow more riders to use subsidized taxis in place of more expensive and convoluted MetroAccess paratransit service.

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