RESTON, VA – JULY 26: Andrea Small, 33, holds her 3-month-old son, Angus Small III, on the inaugural train from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station on the Silver Line. On the left is Ron Linton, chairman of D.C. Taxicab Commission. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Ron Linton, the man credited with modernizing D.C.’s taxi fleet, has stepped down from the post and is being replaced by Eric Rogers, who will serve as interim director of the D.C. Taxicab Commission.

Rogers previously served as the administrator at the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

Linton’s departure was first reported by WAMU 88.5.

In his final days as chairman, Linton pushed for new initiatives, including a universal smartphone app that would enable D.C. taxicab drivers to compete with app-based services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. He also proposed creating a benefit fund for longtime taxicab drivers.

Said Linton at the time: “It’s not fair to expect someone to drive a cab for 30 years and have nothing in the end,” he said. “I want to get this on the table so we can start the discussions.”

Post Metro Columnist Robert McCartney, credited Linton with pushing the city’s fleet into the modern age.

He started modernizing the city’s taxicabs with upgrades that were ridiculously overdue.

Long considered to have one of the worst taxi fleets of any major U.S. city, Washington has lept forward with a burst of changes during Gray’s term.

 

There are sure to be more changes and possible reforms for the city’s cabs as they struggle to compete with app-based services. Linton remained a critic of such services, questioning whether customers could trust them in part because they are not subject to the same rules and regulations as cabs. In the end the D.C. Council won out, passing legislation that allows the services to operate in the District.