A new exhibit on display through Jan. 7, 2013 at the Verizon Center in downtown D.C. offers four proposed color schemes for the District's taxicab fleet.
According to Dec. 10 statement issued jointly by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Taxicab Commission (DCTC) chairman Ron M. Linton, the exhibit is the next step in moving towards a standardized uniform color scheme for the local taxicab industry – a critical aspect in the implementation of upgrades to the industry mandated by the Taxicab Modernization Act.
"I'm delighted to open these proposed color schemes for public feedback, because it represents another step forward in modernizing our taxicab industry," said Gray. "We intend for D.C. to establish an identity and image that will set a new standard for public vehicles for hire and will help improve enforcement to prevent illegal vehicle service by creating a more recognizable D.C. taxicab."
Linton added that while "this is an exciting moment for the D.C. taxicab industry," implementation of the color scheme along with other taxi upgrades and driver training will make a significant difference to local service operations and enforcement capability.
Other proposed color schemes will be posted on the DCTC website to gather additional public feedback. The responses along with comments from an upcoming public hearing and meetings will become part of the decision-making process when final recommendations are presented in early 2013.
Interested parties can follow the reaction to the proposed color schemes on Twitter by using the hashtag #votedctaxi.