Lyft has come a long way since it was the pink-stache, barely-there alternative to ride-hailing king Uber. Following a fall from grace by Uber and a sequence of smart moves by Lyft—like treating its employees decently and buying carbon offsets for every single ride—the 2012 San Francisco-based upstart is now an industry leader.
After finding a Hailu Mergia tape in a shop in Ethiopia, then Googling a phone number to get in touch, Brian Shimkovitz reissued the dreamy, hypnotic 1985 solo album, Hailu Mergia And His Classical Instrument back in 2013 on his label Awesome Tapes from Africa. With it, he introduced the snake charmer synths and psychedelic-kitsch accordion sounds of this legendary Ethiopian bandleader and jazz musician to a whole new young, hip audience. It was followed up by reissues of Mergia’s 1977 beautiful Ethio-jazz albums Tche Belew and last year’s Wede Harer Guzo, built on moody ancient scales and standards.
Mergia, who was working as an airport taxi driver at the time, loved the out-of-the-blue comeback and the opportunity to tour the world, and now at 71, is keeping the momentum up with new writing. In February, Awesome Tapes released Lala Belu, Mergia’s first new album in over 15 years, recorded in London and mixed in Washington DC, near his home in Maryland.
If you are planning to take an Uber, Lyft or other ride-share service from Reagan National Airport, you’ll need to head to a new spot to be picked up.
WASHINGTON — Taxi trips have dropped dramatically at Dulles Airport since Uber, Lyft and similar services took off a few years ago, so the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is planning to cut the number of cabs at the airport by more than 16 percent.
Documents prepared for the authority’s board show a 6.7 percent drop of Washington Flyer taxicab trips leaving Dulles in 2016 and another 6.5 percent through the first nine months of 2017.
The drop in Washington Flyer cab usage for trips to the airport is even more dramatic: down 14.2 percent in 2016 and 18.1 percent more through September 2017.