The meters are on their way

You’ll be seeing these in cabs here in DC before long – WTOP is reporting that Fenty has approved scrapping the existing zone system and going to meters based on time and distance. Personally I think it’s a wash, though lots of people have strong feelings on the matter.

I’ll just be happy if they don’t put in any goddamned TVs.

6 Comments so far

  1. Max (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

    Hell yeah! I think meters will work overall best for everyone, and I’m glad Fenty had the balls to stand up to the whining cab drivers.

    I haven’t been following Fenty’s every move since he was elected. Has he done anything else to be proud of since then?

  2. ajw_93 (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    Shweet! I am very excited about this. Can we get the kind of meters where, when they are running (cab hired), the "for hire" light goes OFF on the roof of the gawdurn cab? I really don’t like searching inside oncoming cabs (especially at night) to see if there’s already a fare inside…

  3. Wayan (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

    Read the WashPost article about the new meters, I see that the psycho cab drivers gave the best reason why we should leave zone systems:

    "Many cabdrivers strongly disagree. Hundreds of drivers rallied in front of the John A. Wilson Building last week, saying they fear that if meters are installed, the industry will become more strictly regulated and dominated by big companies. About 90 percent of the city’s 7,500 cabs are independently operated."

  4. Max (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    And why is this a good reason to stick with the zone sytem?

  5. Don (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

    Wayan lives in a world where small business is immediately better than big business, regardless of cost, quality, or consistency.

  6. Max (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    Oh, that’s what I thought.

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