San Francisco taxi drivers, pinched by ride-share services, may get some relief from city

As taxi operators face mounting pressure from ride-share services like Uber and Lyft, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has assembled a package of reforms in an attempt to reverse the freefall of the industry.
Between March 2012 and July 2014 — shortly following the emergence of Uber and Lyft — the average number of trips per taxi plummeted from 1,424 to 504.
“The world changed when Uber and Lyft launched in San Francisco,” Kate Toran, director of taxis at the MTA said. “Over the past number of years MTA has been working to level the playing field.”
The reforms — which will go before the MTA board of directors on Tuesday — focus on the existing system of purchasing and regulating taxi medallions.
Source: Local News