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Reminder: Taxi Cab Boycott in Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan taxi strike

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

By James Hohmann  |  October 2, 2009; 7:52 PM ET
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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Punish the white people again!

Posted by: cavalierauc | October 2, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

This would be a great way and time for upstarts and smaller, independent operators to make a lot of $$$.

Posted by: a_DC_denizen | October 3, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The image says midnight to 4am, but the article says 1am to 4am. Which one is correct?

Posted by: dhlunar | October 3, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The people who would stand for this are idiots. Cabbies don't want to pick you to protest something beyond your control? Why not stop using cabs the NEXT weekend?

Everybody in some sort of power thinks they are all powerfull. So John Porterfield thinks cabbies can shut this city down. Let's see if the people can shut the cabbies down or at least shut Mr Porterfield's mouth.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | October 4, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Are taxis really critical to transportation? Can they really 'shut this town down'?

Or, are they replaceable? Great when it's too late for Metro, or you are just feeling a bit lazy. Something that the vast majority of people, once they get used to their absence, can easily plan around? Perhaps a few late-nite bar patrons will discover that the walk home at 3AM isn't as long or dangerous as they imagined.

In other words, by withholding service, you risk teaching your customers that they don't really need your service.

Posted by: TheBoreaucrat | October 5, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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