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I used a tax ‘loophole’ to ride in a nearly empty Uber that the government treats like the subway

The mass transit I took to Brooklyn the other night came in the form of a gray Toyota minivan. It sure didn't feel like mass transit: My colleague and I filled the middle row, and for most of the rush-hour journey crawling over torn-up Greenwich Village streets and then coasting across the Manhattan Bridge, it was just the two of us with the driver and four empty seats. Comfortable, but hardly efficient.
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