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No more Zones in DC

October 17, 2007

Mayor Fenty has decided that the District’s taxi system will switch over to a more conventional metered-fare system from the unique zoning system currently used today.  Fenty says this change will be better for the residents of the District.

As reported on this blog a while back, taxi drivers are upset with this decision.  They will have to foot much of the cost of converting their cars to comply with the new regulations, as most taxis are privately owned.

I am still unsure as to how this will affect me.  In general though, more transparency is better and I do kind of like the idea of watching the fare on the little LED screen in the front of the cab.  Pair this with a more efficient and accurate fare calculator and it may well be a big improvement.  With the current calculator I have had very mixed results calculating fare for routes that go outside the District into VA or MD.  Or, I get ripped off a lot, which should make me like the straight meter even more.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Keri Rance permalink
    October 18, 2007 5:30 pm

    This will not necessarily be more transparent. With meters you will have to know the fastest route or you will still get screwed. Good reason to brush up on your traffic pattern knowledge – what streets to stay away from during what times of what day.

  2. Adam permalink*
    October 18, 2007 5:37 pm

    True. I was thinking more along the lines of being able to see what the fare is at any time. There was talk about keeping the zones but putting “zone meters” in the cabs, which would have been interesting.

    When I was traveling for work and would have to take a cab to DCA in the mornings, I don’t think I was ever charged the same fare twice. They ranged anywhere from $18 to $25, even though the time of day, the amount of luggage I had, and the route was the same.

    I agree though, the easiest way to not get ripped off is to be aware of what’s going on in the city and to have a basic understanding of the roads.

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