Red Top cabs get credit card machines
Don't have cash when you jump into a Red Top Cab? No problem!
Almost one-third of Red Top Cab's 350-taxi fleet in Arlington has been outfitted with credit card machines that are customer operated, said Charlie King, vice president of the company. He said the entire Arlington-based fleet should have the machines by the Thanksgiving holiday.
While the customers can see the fare as it increases, swipe their own credit cards and use the machine to tabulate a proper tip, they still must ask the driver for a receipt.
"Credit cards are such an increasing form of payment," King said. "We've gone through a couple of iterations of our credit card process and putting them in the customers' hands is the ultimate solution."
The 101 Fairfax County-based Red Top Cabs should have the machines installed by March 2011. The machines are already widely used in cities such as New York and Boston.
-- Christy Goodman
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