Adams Morgan Partiers to Remain Cabless Indefinitely - NBC4 Washington

Adams Morgan Partiers to Remain Cabless Indefinitely

The medallion system bill was tossed, but taxis drivers don't care



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    There may be some cabs still accepting passengers between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays in Adams Morgan, but don't bet on it.

    Who cares if some of D.C.'s cab drivers have been caught up in a bribery scandal involving hundreds of thousands of dollars? Taxi operators are sticking with their protest and refusing to pick up passengers in Adams Morgan every weekend for, like, forever.

    They did it in the wee hours of Saturday and Sunday and a few drivers told NBCWashington that they will continue their boycott of the popular party district from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. every weekend until Mayor Adrian Fenty "gives them the right answer."

    The taxi drivers say they are protesting over the District's new metered fare system. They're also angry over a bill that DC Councilmember Jim Graham proposed that would create a medallion system, which would force cabbies to a monthly fee to work in the city.

    Graham withdrew the bill this past week, but that doesn't matter to the taxis drivers.  They want the bill tossed to the curb.  Even though it already has been. (But we said that already, didn't we?)

    Seriously, it's all about the message, people. As John Porterfield of the Dominion of Cab Drivers told Washington City Paper, they "want to motivate business owners in Adams Morgan that DC cab drivers are an integral part of business. They can’t just do what they’ve done to us and not have any retribution…it’s time for you people to throw Jim Graham under the bus."

    The same bus you'll be taking when you can't find a cab next weekend.