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Uber and Lyft arrived in Atlanta in 2012 and 2013, respectively, and have, in essence, provided Kasim Reed with the taxi fleet he was imagining. The cars are clean, and the drivers are courteous, show up when they’re supposed to, and (usually) don’t get lost. There’s only one problem: the city’s actual taxis are still around.
After a bill to regulate them died in the state House, private rideshare vehicles have multiplied on Atlanta streets like ants in spilled Coke. We wanted to know: Who’s quickest? So on a Tuesday in June, Atlanta magazine staffers revved up our smartphones at 8 p.m. sharp in a race from Sister Louisa’s Church on Edgewood Avenue to Ormsby’s on the Westside.