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Taxi drivers lose fares, livelihoods as ride-for-hire market heats up


February 27, 2017

Abdul Mohammed sits in his white van and frets.

In front of him in a parking lot near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are 300 other taxis, each of whose drivers will wait for hours to make the 1.5-mile trip to the terminal to pick up a passenger.

Mohammed has been driving an airport taxi since 1989, but he’s not sure how long he can hang on. The day before, he worked for 12 hours and made just two trips. After gas and his daily lease payment, the $80 in fares he collected shrunk to just $25.


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