DC Mayor Promises Hotel Association More Taxi Reforms

By Tom Sherwood
|  Sunday, Jan 19, 2014  |  Updated 11:58 AM EDT
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Talking to hotel owners about tourism Thursday at the Hotel Association’s annual meeting, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said the taxicab reforms he's already helped put in place stopped fierce competition for the title of "worst taxi system in the nation," and he promises more reforms.

Uniform taxi color schemes, mandatory credit card machines, newer vehicles and readable dome lights were imposed over the complaints of many of the city’s 6,000-plus taxi drivers.

The reforms are a big goal of the hotel industry, whose guests take millions of cab rides.

A hotel boom in the district is bringing thousands of new jobs, and the hotel industry is the second-largest next to the federal government.

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