Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Taxi fares in DC and not planning

DC taxicab, 2nd Street at Constitution Ave. NE, SW corner
The Post has a big story in yesterday's Business section about cab fares in DC, "Does it pay to drive a cab in D.C.? A look at the fair wage debate in the nation’s capital," how after the change from zone pricing to meters, plus the fare pricing which is lower for DC than any other major city in the U.S., that taxis are increasingly uneconomic as a business--but great, of course, for the riding public.

(There are other exogeneous reasons why people keep wanting to drive taxis, mostly having to do with relatively restricted job choices for immigrants.)

Besides the low fares, the biggest reason cabbies now make less money is because in the old system, they could carry multiple fares in one run. Now they can't.

The change in fare systems was inadequately researched and planned.

Note that taxis aren't even mentioned in the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan.


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