Saturday, January 19, 2008

New Poll - Meters in DC

April 6 is the date the mayor picked for meters in DC cabs. I've added a poll for input on the meters from passengers and drivers. Multiple answers are permitted in this poll.

Base rate to be $3, then 25 cents for each 1/6 of a mile, as well as 25 cents for each minute the cab is either stopped in traffic or moving slower than 10mph. Some drivers are talking strike again (they did one back over Halloween when the proposal was being chatted about). This time it'll be in early February.
William J. Wright, president of the Taxicab Industry Group, which organized the Halloween strike said drivers will be encouraged to strike one day a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 4 to protest the change. The strike will rotate through the days of the week -- the next week drivers will strike on a Tuesday, then a Wednesday, and so on -- until at least the start of baseball season, Wright said. The goal, he said, is to get the city to change its plan.
There are about 6,000 cabs in DC, and the drivers will all need to buy their own meters. It will be an interesting few months.


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