Reminder: Taxi Cab Boycott in Adams Morgan
Some District taxi operators say they will refuse to pick up passengers in Adams Morgan in the early morning hours on Saturday and Sunday to protest their continued opposition to the new metered fare system, and to a bill from council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) that would have overhauled the city's taxi industry.
Graham withdrew that bill this week. But they're going on with the strike anyway. The proposal from Graham could have led to a medallion system, which drivers worried might require them to pay a monthly fee to operate in the District.
Protest organizers said that, on Saturday and Sunday between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., taxis will not pick up customers north of U Street NW, east of Connecticut Avenue NW, south of Harvard Street NW or west of 16th Street NW.
It was unclear how many taxi drivers planned to participate in the protest, but John B. Porterfield, who sits on the board of the Dominion of Cab Drivers, warned earlier this week that the drivers "can shut this town down."
-- Yamiche Alcindor
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