D.C. taxis, now with nifty stripe

April 30, 2013

The menagerie of D.C. taxi color schemes will eventually be replaced with a single red-and-gray design. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Now that city leaders have decided that all District taxis should eventually look the same, the question is, how should they look? The initial decision, a intricate but memorable scheme, backfired when most of the proposed designs were memorable mainly for being terribly ugly. They were complicated and time-consuming to paint, too. The alternative – a solid color, most likely red – is easy to paint but boring and possibly confusing. The solution, WRC-TV’s Tom Sherwood reports, is a red cab with a sporty gray stripe, a la Circulator buses. But judgment on the scheme’s attractiveness will have to wait until the Taxi Commission releases drawings Wednesday, though Chairman Ron Linton promises “a more stable, traditional use of color.”

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Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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