Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Until recently, D.C. cabbies operated in the last city in the U.S. not using a meter system. For decades, cab fares were determined by a confusing series of zones that resulted in fares as low as $6.00 in one zone and jumping to $9.00 or $13.00 or more by merely crossing an intersection. For tourists, it was an unfamiliar and odd experience and many--visitors, residents, and workers alike--complained that, being unable to decipher the odd system, they were often taken advantage of by dishonest cab drivers. After much controversy, cabbie strikes, and demonstrations, D.C. cabs are now required by law to use meters. Cabs that are in compliance carry a sticker that reads: "Certified : Metered Taxi Cab" and bear the seal of the D.C. Taxi Commission.
If you visit D.C., figuring out cab fare is no longer one more mystery of this politick, partisan, bureaucratic town!
On a separate note, I may be posting tomorrow's entry after 9:00 p.m. At 7:00 tomorrow evening, the first memorial to the September 11th attacks opens at the Pentagon. I'm planning on going over to see the new memorial and take photographs. Please come back tomorrow night to see Washington's newest memorial to those brave men and women who died on that fateful day seven years ago.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 09/08