D.C. Prepares To Launch Transportation As A Service (10-5-18)

Washington, D.C.

The city wants to boost for-hire vehicle occupancy rates, while also improving low-income residents’ access to transportation and reducing traffic congestion.

WASHINGTON — Only 40 percent of the taxis and ride-hailing vehicles in the District of Columbia are occupied at any given time, ever since services like Uber and Lyft gained popularity, according to City Hall.

Car subscriptions and Google’s self-driving taxi service—under development in Mountain View, California—are likely to transform the transportation ecosystem even further in coming years. So, district officials say they want to start now to help fill the seats of the vehicles on the road, while also helping provide better transportation options for low-income residents.

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Rise of the Digital Taxi: ezMetr Provides Transportation Platform for Smarter Cities (9-14-18)

ezMetr – A Digital Transportation Platform (Photo: Business Wire)

RVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 14, 2018–, the global leader in enterprise mobility solutions, today announced —a complete digital transportation product suite for taxis and black cars. ezMetr is a next-generation digital meter platform that provides dynamic pricing, shared rides, live mapping and paired passenger apps all-in-one. With thousands of drivers carrying over 12 million passengers already, ezMetr is expanding nationally to provide a better experience for drivers and passengers while improving city transportation systems with robust reporting, data and insights.

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DC Launches Technology to Provide Real-Time Transportation Information (9-15-18)

WASHINGTONSept. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) is making it easier for digital developers to integrate urban mobility options into a single app by introducing the “Where Are the Taxis” application program interface (API). This API is an interface that allows one application to talk to another application through simple commands.

The Bowser Administration is committed to enabling innovative and forward-thinking solutions to support the evolution of accessible and affordable rides in the District,” DFHV Director Ernest Chrappah said during the 31st Annual Conference of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) in Philadelphia, PA. “The API strategy enables transportation as a service to reduce marketplace inequities and overcome barriers to entry for entrepreneurs, developers, and change makers.

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A Message To Riders (August 2018)

Director Ernest Chrappah
Thank you for recognizing that DFHV is making the effort to be responsive to your feedback about Uber, Lyft, Via, limousine, and taxi services in the District of Columbia. As the summer comes to an end we ask you – members of the public – to share with us topics you will like to see in future correspondences with the for-hire ride industry. We appreciate your engagement with us through social media, Ask the Director, the telephone, and at community meetings. We are making progress in removing transit challenges so residents and visitors to the District are able to access a safe, affordable, and accessible ride of their choice.

10 Things To Do In The D.C. Area This Week (8-13-18)

This 2017 photo from top of the Ferris wheel provides fairgoers with a bird’s-eye view of the attractions of the Arlington County Fair’s midway. (Bettina Lanyi for The Washington Post)

Monday, Aug. 13

Metropolitan Restaurant Week at area restaurants: Late summer brings sweet corn, ripe tomatoes and Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, when eateries across the area serve up multicourse meals for a fixed price that’s easy on the wallet. This year, more than 250 restaurants in the city, Maryland and Virginia are participating in Summer Restaurant Week. That includes new spots you might not have tried yet, like José Andrés’s America Eats Tavern in Georgetown, the lively Mexican restaurant Mi Vida at the Wharf and the Israeli-themed Sababa in Cleveland Park. Peruse Restaurant Week menus online, and then book a table in advance for a summer dining deal. Through Sunday. $22 lunch and brunch, $35 dinner. 

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