Posts Tagged ‘ron linton’

New Cab Design Is Inspired by Circulator Buses

The D.C. Taxicab Commission voted on the long-awaited uniform color scheme. As reported earlier this week, it's going to be red with a gray strip—see it above on a Ford Crown Victoria. In a press release, the commission compares the design to the DC Circulator buses.
Take a look after the jump to see how it [...]

Taxi Regulators “Surprised” At Sidecar Ridesharing Service’s Launch

Ridesharing service Sidecar, which allows people to turn their cars into taxis, launches today in the District. As expected, the D.C. Taxi Cab Commission is perplexed.
Sidecar, which has already been operating in eight other U.S. cities, matches passengers with cars via a phone app. Unlike other app-dispatch services like Uber, though, Sidecar's drivers are ordinary [...]

Cab Driver Loses His License for Punching a Passenger

The next time you accuse your cab driver of cheating you, there's now a slightly smaller chance you'll get a beatdown. As of yesterday, passenger-punching cabbie Kefyalew Teshome is out of the D.C. cab game entirely.
Late at night on March 3, 2012, Teshome was driving a passenger downtown when the passenger accused Teshome of inappropriately [...]

Taxi Commission Chair Not Surprised by Color Uproar

Judging by their tweets, many Washingtonians don't like the proposed D.C. cab color scheme. They're not alone. The D.C. Taxi Cab Commission announced five more design proposals this morning, and some members of the D.C. Council now want to override the selection process, the Post reports. Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans sounds the most disappointed of [...]

Cab Commission Adds $15 Emergency Surcharge to Cab Rides

Well, that didn't last long. While the D.C. Taxi Cab Commission hadn't decided this morning whether it would authorize a $15 emergency charge on taxi rides in the city, Taxi Cab Commission chair Ron Linton announced this afternoon that the fee is now in effect.
The $15 added on to the regular metered fee will last [...]

The Needle: Our LivingSocial Overlords

LivingSocially Transmitted Metro: The long debate over who will pay for late-night Metro service for Nationals fans is over, and a benefactor has been found: daily deals giant LivingSocial. Since LivingSocial recently got a $32.5 million tax break from the District, it's sort of our money anyway, but who's counting? -3
Must Read: Once and future [...]

Uber Customers Unleash #uberdclove on Twitter

Sedan/taxi service Uber is gearing up for another fight with the District's government over regulations, which means that it's time once again for Uber to summon its legion of social media-savvy fans. In a blog post on the company's site, CEO Travis Kalanick urged customers to tweet their support.
"Keep the love alive with #UberDCLove," he [...]

New Regulations Could Finally Kill Uber in D.C., Says CEO

To hear Travis Kalanick, the CEO of lightning rod electronic private car dispatch company Uber, tell it, launching Uber in another country is less trouble than doing it in Washington. "It's easier to do business in Paris than it is in D.C." Kalanick says. And it could be getting a little harder. According to Kalanick, new [...]

Uber v. Taxis: Whoever Wins, We Lose

While Mary Cheh's push to regulate luxury cab service Uber has stalled for now, some recent tough talk from D.C. taxi commission head Ron Linton suggests such efforts will return eventually.  Hopefully the attempt to regulate Uber will focus on the fracas's real victims: people who find both sides despicable.
Washington's news spectators have been pretty lucky [...]

Cabbies Crabby Over End of Gas Surcharge

The D.C. Taxicab Commission's $1 fuel surcharge on cab rides expired Wednesday. While customers may welcome the lower fare charge, District taxi drivers aren’t pleased.
“There is no fair rationale behind that,” Yellow Cab Company driver John Mills says. “They shouldn’t be able to just stick their finger up in the air and say the surcharge [...]

Cab Drivers Assaulted Female Passengers, Linton Says

WJLA is reporting that six out of seven taxicab passengers assaulted in recent weeks were women. D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton says, "What we're seeing is an increase in physically manhandling their fares. Striking them. Pulling them out of their cabs. One woman was pulled out by her ankles. That driver is under arrest."
Seven drivers [...]

Shared Riding For Nats Games

During the D.C. Council taxi reg hearing last month, one thing several cab drivers grumbled about was the death of shared riding, where they could cart multiple riders with multiple destinations (one even suggested ride sharing would be a solution for people going to parts of D.C. where it's hard to catch a cab). Now, [...]

Wheelchair Accessible Cabs Could Be On The Street By The End Of The Year

Yesterday's presser on wheelchair accessible cabs at the Wilson Building was held in front of a handicapped sign: One that indicated the accessible entrance to the building was around the corner. Not to lay too much importance on symbolism, but if D.C. Council chairman Kwame Brown gets his way, taxicabs that wheelchair users can roll themselves [...]

Uber Über Alles?

At DCist, Benjamin R. Freed has a good rundown on this morning's sting on a Virginia limo driver who has a contract with Uber, the new car-booking service that connects riders with drivers. Ron Linton, the D.C. Taxicab Commission says Uber's acting illegally, and used the service to book a limousine; once he arrived at the [...]