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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 12/11/2010

Arlington denies new cabs

By Christy Goodman

The Arlington County Board on Saturday unanimously rejected adding 75 taxis to the 765 already on county roads.

Two companies, EnviroCab and GoGreen Cab, had requested use certificates for 25 and 50 cabs, respectively.

The county's transportation commission representative said that although there were small population and employment gains between 2007 and 2009, taxi dispatches decreased 15 percent in that period with less airport traffic and fewer hotel stays.

Dennis Leach, Arlington's transportation director, said the county has more cabs available to residents per square foot than New York City and Chicago.

By Christy Goodman  | December 11, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  Congestion, Driving, Virginia  
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So 2 businesses want to expand and Arlington County rejects their bid?

Enviro and GoGreen are fairly new players in the area, maybe Red Top distributed some early holiday "gifts".

Too bad Enviro and GoGreen didn't apply to build a hideous condo building, thet would have gone right through.

Posted by: BEEPEE | December 12, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

Too bad Enviro and GoGreen didn't apply to build a hideous condo building, thet would have gone right through.

Posted by: BEEPEE | December 12, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

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Gee I wish I'd said that.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 12, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

It is very short sighted for Arlington to deny cab companies who offer vehicles that use less gas thus are less polluting, therefore helping the environment and making a small dent in our dependence on foreign oil.

Posted by: catlaady | December 12, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

What a bunch of non sequiturs. Dispatches across all cab companies declined 15%? Maybe people are taking longer rides so the cabs aren't available for as many discrete dispatches. Maybe they've declined 50% at companies other than these two because people prefer these two, while these two have the phone ringing off the wall and haven't been able to accommodate all requests. And what does cabs per square foot have to do with anything?

Posted by: hmessinger2 | December 12, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

just because these two companies got denied, doesn't mean that the hybrid taxi fleet is shrinking. every local cab company that i've seen is life-cycling in hybrids to their fleet, because it's more cost effective. Adding more hybrids to a fleet already transitioning to hybrids doesn't reduce dependence on foreign oil, it just puts more cabs on the road, which uses more petrol, and makes it harder for each driver to earn a living.

Posted by: TheBoreaucrat | December 12, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing what Arlington County does and wastes money on...they can't even allow two cab companies that are clearly trying to steer clear of adding to the environment and adding less damage by less pollution. But they allow someone who clearly is too lazy to walk up to Marcy street to walk across the road...strong arm them into placing concrete on Military Road where drivers will have problems seeing who is crossing the street due to a slight incline on the road. Not to add that the drivers cannot see who is coming up the road on the opposite side of the road. There will be some accidents I predict. Shame on you Arlington County and your ability to waste resources and tax dollars. Allow those two cab companies to do business in the county...btw...won't the county stand to profit from that as well? What a bunch idiots running the county!

Posted by: obx4girl | December 12, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Please no more cabs; they clog up the roads, as it is.
Second, they are some of the worst drivers, as you all know.
Typically, they drive 10-20 mph below the speed limit, and slow down alot of people trying to get home or to work.

Posted by: bluebellknoll | December 12, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Please no more cabs; they clog up the roads, as it is.
Second, they are some of the worst drivers, as you all know.
Typically, they drive 10-20 mph below the speed limit, and slow down alot of people trying to get home or to work.

Posted by: bluebellknoll | December 12, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

obx4girl - I agree 100%.

Military road has been royally screwed up -- and I'm not sure why. Between the concrete medians at the bottom of the hill, with hard curbs, to the new bulb outs and center median, again with bulb outs that are just being finished up, something is going on with this road...and it's not good.

The workers constructing the most recent unsafe medians had cones out at 8am this week which forced traffic into one of the bulb outs. Genius.

I wonder if VDOT can do anything about the unsafe design that Arlington County has placed on this road.

Posted by: pooooop423 | December 12, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"Military road has been royally screwed up -- and I'm not sure why."

You and me both. From the debacle of the rubber strips last year to whatever they are doing now, it doesn't make sense.

Posted by: BEEPEE | December 13, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

"Military road has been royally screwed up -- and I'm not sure why."

You and me both. From the debacle of the rubber strips last year to whatever they are doing now, it doesn't make sense.

Posted by: BEEPEE | December 13, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

ridership has declined, but it still takes you 40 min to get a cab on a friday or sat night.

Posted by: sulle1 | December 13, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

The cabs in Northern Virginia are useless as it is. I called one time while grocery shopping to get home and waited two hours. Then I walked the three miles home looking like a bag man who lost his cart. At about 5 hours, I get the call asking me where I was. Sorry cabbies, you get no sympathy from me.

Posted by: paliceag | December 13, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, I waited 2 hours for a cab that never came on Saturday night.

Posted by: tsbrul1 | December 13, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Whatever has been done to Military Rd is criminal.

Whomever approved these dangers needs to be held accountable.

Posted by: seraphina21 | December 13, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, I waited 2 hours for a cab that never came on Saturday night.

Posted by: tsbrul1 | December 13, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse


I also ordered two different cabs, from Red Top and Yellow Cab, at 6:45 pm Saturday. Neither showed and I was late for my holiday party. Shame on me and the BF for trying to be responsible, especially with the police checkpoints we were hearing about.

Posted by: sammyliz01 | December 13, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Why would Arlington care if 75 more cabs were in the county? So stupid the amount of time and effort wasted on something that shouldn't be voted on. Are they scared it will be too easy to find a cab and they might not be able to give as many drunk driving tickets?

Posted by: cashink2003 | December 13, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

No restraints; let the companies compete. Of course, ArlCO should vigorously and thoroughly inspect cabs to assure that they are properly maintained for safety and insured and check that drivers are properly licensed and are sober and drug-free.

And, the capability of IT could be used to provide transparency and accountability by posting the dates and results of ArlCO inspections and arrests for driving offenses and through passenger ratings for the performance of individual drivers and companies.

Posted by: jimb | December 13, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

It is very short sighted for Arlington to deny cab companies who offer vehicles that use less gas thus are less polluting, therefore helping the environment and making a small dent in our dependence on foreign oil.

Posted by: catlaady | December 12, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse
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How exactly would adding 75 more cabs to the roads be helping the environment?

Posted by: pswift00 | December 14, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

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