On the way back to the Post after covering the Fraternal Order of Police memorial service, I took my first D.C. cab with a time and distance meter installed. Here are the stats:
Trip: From 441 4th St. NW to 1150 15th St. NW
Start Fare: $3.00 plus $1.50 for an additional passenger (fellow scribe Allison Klein) and $1.00 gas surcharge.
Final Fare: $6.75 plus $2.50 equals a total of $9.25
What it would have been under zone system: $6.50 for one zone plus $1.50 for additional rider plus $1.00 gas surcharge equals a total of $9.00
Reason our cab had a meter already (most are waiting until June 1):