Try hailing a cab in L.A.

April 20, 2009 5:04:04 AM PDT
Taxi! You can hail a cab in New York or Washington.

But not in L.A. -- at least not very easily.

For years, Los Angeles has discouraged cabbies from picking up passengers on busy streets.

The drivers were often ticketed for tying up traffic.

Now, the city is easing those restrictions, but many cabbies aren't changing their ways.

Drivers say gas prices and the slumping economy make it too expensive for them to cruise for fares.

So, the Hail-A-Taxi test is getting a flat tire.

Officials had hope the experimental program would help ease traffic congestion.

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