City Desk

Taxi Commission Meetings Canceled Because Room Was Being Used as Warming Site

The D.C. Taxicab Commission made big headlines in 2013, but still hasn't met in 2014. The reason: Its Old Council Chambers meeting room at One Judiciary Square was being used as a warming site during the city's recent spell of cold emergencies.

The commission was supposed to have a special meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 16. That one was ultimately postponed until Jan. 29 because they didn't have a quorum. But on Jan. 27, the commission announced that the rescheduled meeting would be postponed again "due to the room no longer being available." The scheduled agenda items would have to be considered in the next regular meeting, on Feb. 12.

Come Feb. 11, the commission again announced that the meeting would be postponed due to the room no longer being available.

The Department of General Services confirmed that it asked the commission not to have a meeting because the room was being used as a shelter.

The commission's next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, March 12. There's a packed agenda, including a petition from the Washington, D.C. Metro Taxi Operators Association to increase passenger fares and add luggage and trunk fees.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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