DC Cab (was a bad, bad film)

Most of the time when I get in a cab, I completely ignore any signs about fares, taxes, fees, etc. I figure that if I’m going to take a cab, that my money is gone. I don’t worry myself with how the fare system works; I just get in and go and hope the driver knows where they’re going.

That is, until I got into a DC cab yesterday. The first thing I noticed was the lack of a meter. So I thought to myself “great, I better act like I know where I’m going or this guy’s going to screw me.” But I figured what am I going to do? It’s 6 degrees outside and I’m late, so… Then I saw the zone map. Call me stupid, but this thing makes little sense to the uninitiated DC resident. At all. I mean, the whole thing just looks shady. Like maybe if they confuse you enough, you’ll just give them whatever they want. But, I digress.

I found a great explanation at DC Pages on how the taxi zones work inside DC. It turns out that because of these zones, I saved some money getting to work yesterday. By taking a cab from inside DC it only cost me $4 more to go from Mt. Pleasant to McLean, then it would if I took a Virginia cab from Rosslyn to the same place.

1 Comment so far

  1. Dwayne Boyd (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 6:37 am

    Christine:

    I agree that the Zone map can look confusing, Many long-time DC residents dont understand it themselves. Part of the reason is that the map looks like it was drawn by Amerigo Vespucci in 1492 AD. But I am not a fan of the meter sytem. DC is one of the few major cities that has not gone to a meter system. The meter seems to tick even if the cab is not moving. And who knows how those things are calibrated? The driver could change them himself for all I know. But thanks for the website. it puts things in a much better perspective.



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