Uber, Lyft pick up twice as many Atlanta airport passengers as taxis

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Travelers wait at the designated rideshare area at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport , Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Atlanta. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

Uber and Lyft are having a big impact on transportation options at Hartsfield-Jackson International in their first couple of months of legal pickups at the airport.

The ride-share services already pick up twice as many customers at the airport as taxis, according to city of Atlanta figures.

The city legalized Uber and Lyft pick-ups at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport effective Jan. 1.

Uber and Lyft picked up 250,283 passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson in January and February, according to Katrina Taylor Parks, deputy chief of staff to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Taxis picked up 114,864 passengers in the same months.

“It’s not surprising,” said Atlanta city council transportation committee chairman C.T. Martin. “Everybody is saying Uber is the new way for transportation.”

For more about what types of travelers are more likely to use Uber and Lyft, what relief taxi drivers are asking for due to the lost business and the other ways Uber and Lyft are shaking up airport transportation, read the full story on MyAJC.com.

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