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LA Not Used to Hailing Taxis NYC Style Yet

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It's nearing the end of the six-month hail-a-taxi pilot program for downtown and Hollywood and taxis are apparently still hanging out at taxi stands and not cruising streets picking up fares curbside. In July, the city temporarily lifted limits on where a taxi can pull over to pick up a passenger--usually a ticketable offense.

"Your availability is to everyone's benefit," downtown councilmember Jan Perry told cabbies at an event yesterday to jump start the program, which is expected to be extended an additional six months. She called "the use of taxis in downtown a 'psychological shift' that will take some time to implement," reported blogdowntown.