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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 01/27/2012

Gray wants to set red and white as District taxi cab colors


(Jeffrey MacMillan)
Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said Friday he wants to set red and white as the uniform color of all city taxi cabs so they meld with the color of the DC Circulator and Metro buses.

Under taxi reform legislation moving its way through the council, the city will mandate that all taxi cabs be the same color, as they are in New York and other cities.

The D.C. Taxi Cab Commission would set the color after a hearing, but elected officials could play a key role in the decision

Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) recently conducted an online survey to gauge residents’ opinions on what color they would prefer. Residents’ top choice was yellow followed by red.

But on a trip to New Hampshire to press for D.C. statehood, Gray and Cheh largely agreed that red and white should be the uniform colors.

“We are going to do some designs for red and white,” Gray said. “I think we have already started the process.”

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D), who is also on the trip, agreed.

“Something not goofy looking, but something that represents the city,” said Brown, noting the city flag is white and red.

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