Friday, May 26, 2006

Zones vs. Meters

Probably nobody except DCTaxi Driver gets this one -- but I'm throwing it out there anyhow. Short info - in DC, taxis don't use meters. They operate on a zone system. Areas of the city are divided by zones, downtown area zone 1 ($6.50 to go anywhere in that zone). So a ride of 2 blocks and a ride of 20 blocks downtown costs the same.

Further out are zones 2, 3, and so forth. For me, work-home is 3 zones ($11, $12 during rush hour). So if it takes 10 minutes or 1 hour to get from work to home, the charge is the same.

So drivers -- in your areas, if you had the choice between a zone system like this? Or meters?


At 11:37 AM, Blogger wil said...

I like the meter system.

MDCC probably prefers the zone system.

Its all in what you are use to.

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Mark said...

there would be a lot of arguments in singapore!

At 2:19 PM, Blogger 3dub said...

There are Zone Meters in some Yellow Cabs. It's all part of their new Digital Dispatch System. It is GPS operated and it gives you the correct zone fare for any location that you travel to in the city.

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Joann said...


At 2:54 AM, Blogger wil said...

Even though you don't have a vehicle doesn't mean that you can't have your own personalized "vanity plate"

At 9:05 AM, Blogger voodooguru said...

Which is better for the driver? Zone or meter?

As a passenger I'd imagine that I'd take fewer short trips.


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