Saturday, June 09, 2007

Meters vs. Zone

I'm one of those who like the zone system in DC. I understand it, know where the lines are, and let's face it, in bad traffic, zone passengers come out ahead.

But when you taxi from DC into MD or VA - the zone cabs can be disasters. We took a DC cab into PG county a few nights ago. The driver said our fare was $30. Seemed large, but we had no idea how to really argue it. But the driver (yellow cab, btw) gave us that number without seeming to look at how many miles we'd traveled, for first, and wouldn't give an accounting for 2nd. But instead of taking it into hostility, we paid and got out.

We decided to take a cab back into DC later that evening, and to my friend's house, which was further away than we'd come. The cost? $25 - on the meter. So yeah, we got screwed on the first trip.

2 Comments:

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Mad Cabbie said...

#1 DC cabs have higher rates than PG cabs ($$/mile)

#2 experienced drivers don't have to look at the rate sheet to tell you how much...doing it over and over again you can memorize that shit quick...as long as he set his miles to zero at the beginning of the trip, I don't think you got screwed! at least not by that cab driver that night:)

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger forman said...

I sometimes wonder if a zone system would make people less pissed off here, when they think they're getting drivin between redlights. bottom line, there's no way to convince people they're not being ripped off.

 

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