Why is it so tough to get an Uber or Lyft at LAX?

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A line of some two dozen taxi cabs wait for passengers at the LAX-it lot at LAX. Photo by Benjamin Gottlieb.

Just as air travel is ramping up this summer, rideshare availability is slowing down. People looking for an Uber or Lyft are finding spiking rates, long wait times, or a total lack of availability. Some people are seeking out taxis, while others are paying steep prices for a short ride.