Being able to pay your D.C. taxicab may be priceless, but those plastic transactions have been denied, while a judge sorts out a lawsuit.
The $35 million contract to install new electronic readers on the entire fleet of D.C. cabs has been challenged by two of the companies that were finalists but then lost out on the bid after being barred from the final phase of the process.
The concern by city officials now is that if the judge's decision happens after Oct. 15, it won't be sufficient time to outfit all of the cabs in the District with the new meters prior to January's presidential inauguration.
(NOTE: VeriFone, which the city contracted to provide the smart meters, has a national contract with NBCUniversal to deliver NBC content to smart meters in cabs across the country.)
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