How L.A. Works: Your Ride Home After Last Call

Cabs still dominate, but rideshare services have driven a hole through traditional taxis’ market share. Uber and Lyft are two rival companies gaining popularity. Lyft vehicles are recognizable by the pink “carstache” affixed to the grille

Punch In

  • From pickup to payment, rideshare services run through a smartphone app. With the tap of a button, a passenger is paired with a driver (whose profile pops up onscreen). For a friendly vibe, Lyft’s standard greeting on arrival is a fist bump.

Call Shotgun

  • In the more casual culture of rideshares, users tend to sit next to the driver, not in back. Rideshare business models vary: Uber uses a demand-based method system; Lyft has a set price of approximately 26¢ per minute and $1.13 per mile.

Oh, Behave!

  • Lyft reviews are a two-way street. Drivers and passengers score each other on a scale of 1 to 5. Three or fewer stars and you won’t be matched together again.

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This featured originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of Los Angeles magazine