According to a report this month from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office, "transportation network companies" (or TNCs, like Uber) are expanding for-hire ride service "to historically less-served areas such as Algiers and New Orleans East." More than half of taxi rides begin in the French Quarter and Central Business District — but only 40 percent of Uber rides start there, according to the report. There were 2.8 million cab rides in 2015, still up from 2013's 2.6 million but down slightly from 2014's 2.9 million.
Cab drivers sued the city earlier this year, citing what they called UberX drivers' unfair advantage, saying TNC drivers don't need more rigorous permits or vehicle checks, despite the city's sweeping (and expensive) cab requirements.
Meanwhile, Lyft — an Uber competitor that also uses an app-based hail-a-ride service — plans to open in the New Orleans area this year and is recruiting drivers on its website.