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

(Jeffrey MacMillan)

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.

Tim Craig is The Post’s bureau chief in Pakistan. He has also covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and within the District of Columbia government.

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