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The taxi wars: Cabbies fight for business, and some switch to Uber

 

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Editor’s note: This is the third story in a four-part series, reported and published with the Houston Chronicle, which examines the impact of Uber, the app-based ride-hailing service, on America’s fourth-largest city. Read parts one and two.

HOUSTON — At Bush Intercontinental Airport, Salvador Oshiro used to wait an average of three hours between customers wanting a ride into town. The longtime taxi driver passed the time chatting, lifting weights, watching TV and queuing for two fetid toilets in the enormous concrete shells of the taxi staging area, once a repair hangar for airport vehicles. The intervals were longest in the summer, when many businesspeople took vacation and the pitiless sun made taffy of the day. But this year, with Uber at full steam, his wait at Bush International was worse than ever: four or five hours to pick up a fare.

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