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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Thank You, Mayor Fenty

Today, Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty signed an order requiring DC cabs to abandon the zone system and install meters. As with most DC-area residents, I am thrilled by this development. The zone system was awful--rendering extremely short trips too expensive to warrant using a cab and ripe for abuse. In fact, more than half the time I used a cab, the driver tried to rip me off; I can only imagine what happened to tourists who had virtually no shot at deciphering the zone system. While the cabbies have fought against this tooth and nail, the city has finally done the right thing. Now if only the cabbies will learn that if they are vacant, the light on the roof should be on, and if they have a fare, it should be off. Really, is that so complicated?

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Blogger Red Fraggle said...

I think that part of the reason the roof lights never had any relation to a cab's vacancy was the zone system. In many other cities, the cab's meter controls the light. So if the meter is running, the light is off, if it isn't running, the light is on.

At least I hope this is the case. I hate not knowing if the cab is available.

And as someone who had to pay for two zones (that's $8.80 for one person in non-rush hour) for my eight block ride to work, I'm really happy to have a zone system.

10/17/2007 7:00 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

The penultimate word in my previous comment should have read "meter." Obviously.

10/18/2007 11:28 AM  
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