The pilot is being run out of the Department Of For-Hire Vehicles, and currently the budget is set at $65,000. David Do, the department’s director, said the idea will help low-income riders.
“This is an incredibly exciting program,” he said.
According to Do, the initiative will help fill the transportation gap for people in wards 7 and 8, and will better connect them to amenities like grocery stores. Access to grocery stories has long been a problem for residents east of the river.
“We want to make sure that the residents have access to the freshest and best foods possible,” he said.
These taxis can be ordered online at www.taxi2rail.com, by app at EZRidr, or by phone, by calling 202-727-3827. Do said it was crucial that these rides were easy to call, and accessible to everyone.