Some D.C. taxis are getting a new paintjob to get in line with the city’s uniform look.
The geranium red and Pantone warm gray No. 2 scheme is designed to make taxis stand out to visitors, who take half of the city’s 20 million cab rides each year.
“We're delighted and we're getting a good response, and I think the fact that we now see what this does,” Taxi Commission Chairman Ron Linton. “This really gives a sense of unity to the taxi fleet.”
About 1,000 taxis will have the new colors by year’s end and another 1,000 soon after. In all, about 5,000 will get the paint job.
Cab drivers have been fussing at other changes but seem to like the new look.
All cabs -- no matter the color -- will be getting a new dome light to make it clear when a taxi is in pickup mode.