DC Cabs to Stage Ineffectual, Largely Unnoticed Taxi Cab Strike Wednesday

Well, the DC Cabbies are about to have their revenge on the city for the declaration of meters. Wednesday, coincidentally that’s Halloween, there will be a taxi-cab strike.

Except that there are multiple taxi-cab groups, not all of whom will be striking. So, there will just be fewer taxis on the street, not that you could get one to actually stop for you, ever. So, if you’re headed out in the District for a halloween event, take public transit, or plan on having a Designated Driver instead of planning to hail a cab.

Don’t give into these crazies advocating the return of the craptacular zone system which benefit only the cabbies.

7 Comments so far

  1. Sarah Moffett (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

    "not that you could get one [taxi] to actually stop for you, ever." Amen. Good luck calling them to pick you up too. They barely respond when they are "working," let alone when on strike.


  2. Don (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    Well, perhaps they can get about 30% of them to stay home – that’s the quantity decrease in cabs that a California traffic issues prof suggested the area could do with.


  3. Katy (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 9:18 pm

    I love the zone system. It works great for me – I know what the rates are and am not shy about telling a driver who doesn’t when he’s wrong.


  4. Katy (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

    I love the zone system. It works great for me – I know what the rates are and am not shy about telling a driver who doesn’t when he’s wrong.


  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    Congratulations, Katy, you’re an anomaly. We shouldn’t have to be an expert bargainer or a freaking cartographer to get a decent fare in this town.


  6. Zippy (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

    Yes Katy, I love having to pay 10 bucks to go less than two miles. I live near a zone line, so I’ve taken to having cabs drop me off 3 or 4 blocks away from my home. Sometimes they even pretend not to hear me and insist on driving those extra blocks to double their earnings.


  7. Withers Davis (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    Why are they striking? Because they know that the zone system is a ripoff and they want to keep it. They are trying to keep a good thing going. With the current system, we are basically subsidizing the drivers at the expense of the passengers. There is a reason why DC has twice the cabs, per capita, as NYC – because it pays much better to be a cabby, thanks to the zone system. Cheers to Fenty for standing up to this injustice.



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