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D.C. taxi credit card mandate remains on track (knock on wood)

D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron M. Linton appeared on WAMU-FM’s Politics Hour on Friday to discuss the always enthralling world of public for-hire vehicle regulation.

Among his revelations, Linton confirmed that the commission is sticking to its timeline of requiring cabs to accept credit card payments no later than Aug. 31. That, he said, depends on the commission voting to approve a final rulemaking at meeting next Wednesday.

“I have a good feeling it should, hopefully,” he said of the vote’s passage. “So, on the first of September, no one should have any problem using a credit [card] system to take a taxicab ride.”

If you’re quietly whispering “famous last words” to yourself, well, I can’t blame you.

Linton also discussed the new red-and-gray uniform color scheme, a design developed in conjunction with a volunteer designer from the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District after the original menagerie of designs, developed under a $37,000 contract with local architecture and project management firm McKissack & McKissack, was jettisoned on grounds of ugliness.

“They were too colorful,” Linton said of the original designs, “but there was a process we were going through.”

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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