The District’s Cabbies Are Struggling, So The City Is Giving Them Some Fares (12-23-17)

Richard White, 64, gets out of a cab at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in D.C. The same cab driver, James Grayton, 57, picked him up after the appointment. Cab drivers in D.C. are making ends meet by taking subsidized fares that the city is making available to low-income cancer patients, veterans, and foster care children. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

D.C. taxi drivers, struggling to hang on in an industry in decline, are getting a boost from the city in the form of subsidized fares.

They are ferrying foster children to school, taking cancer patients to treatment and helping veterans get to job interviews. The trips are subsidized by city programs designed to provide access to transportation for residents who are low-income and have special needs. The additional fares are a welcome source of income for cabbies, whose livelihoods have taken a hit with the rise of ride-hail services such as Uber and Lyft.

“Without these fares I would probably be out of business,” said David Turner, who has been driving a cab in D.C. for 15 years. “There is hardly any more flagging of cabs like there used to be. You don’t even see that anymore because everybody is going to the app now.”

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