A New Day At DFHV (December 2018)

Greetings Washingtonians,

I am honored to join the Department of For-Hire Vehicles as Interim Director. As a seasoned urban planner with a keen interest in transportation, I envision a transportation ecosystem that moves people reliably, efficiently, and safely across our city.

My journey to Washington, DC began in San Jose, California, where I grew and became the first in my family to graduate from college. As an undergrad at the University of California, Merced, I decided to apply to the UCDC Program that took me to Washington, DC for my final semester. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Spending time in one of the most progressive cities in the country gave me the perspective that there are like-minded, hard-working people here that are trying to achieve their goals and dreams.

I previously served as the Director of the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA), a role I held for more than three years. Before that, I served in the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) of Washington, DC during the administrations of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Mayor Vincent C. Gray. I also worked with various community-based organizations to promote capital improvement grants at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). Through these experiences, I have gained a unique understanding of the District of Columbia and its most pressing issues.

As Interim Director of the DFHV, I am committed to a thriving for-hire market that supports Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero plan, which protects pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists alike. Moreover, I want to see how we can incentivize green infrastructure so that drivers will find it more advantageous to use alternative-fuel vehicles.  I also intend to continue innovating and using big data in a way that is consistent with the vision of the Bowser administration.

I want to ensure that there is a transportation landscape where multiple types of for-hire services can exist. I want the DFHV to continue to ensure that for-hire vehicle operators serve our community safely. I also want to further improve the complaint process for not only the public but for drivers, too.

From for-hire vehicles to buses, bike share, dockless options, walking, and a reliable Metro system, having diverse transportation options benefits everyone in all eight wards. Innovative transportation options move us toward a more accessible DC. We want to position transportation as a service to overcome barriers to obtaining a ride, such as lacking funds, a disability, or neighborhood location. We need to look at transportation as a means of ensuring that all people can get to their essential daily activities safely.

When I’m not serving the District, you can find me at some of my favorite spots in DC. Almost every Saturday morning at 8:00, I enjoy a bagel at Buffalo & Bergen in Union Market and then head to a cycling class. I like going to Pub and the People after a long day of work for a beer and a great burger (tip: their cauliflower tempura with hoisin sauce is pretty good). I get dim sum in Logan Circle every Sunday morning at Da Hong Pao. The line is long, but they have the best dim sum in the city (tip: the bar is first come, first served). I’m an avid Capitals fan. Last year, I went to the playoffs to see them beat the Penguins. #RocktheRed

The DFHV will play a crucial role in managing the evolution of transportation and the for-hire industry. I look forward to working together with operators, drivers, stakeholders, passengers, and the public to achieve our shared goal of ensuring residents and visitors have safe, affordable, and accessible transportation options.

 David Do, Interim DFHV Director

If You See Something Say Something (October 2018)

Recently, Mayor Bowser unveiled proposals to make our roads safer for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. These include banning right turn on red at 100 locations, enhancing protections around school zones and intersections near bike lanes, and stiffer penalties for dangerous driving behavior.

As part of the District’s Vision Zero strategy, DFHV Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) will continue outreach and enforcement of bike lane violations and unsafe driving maneuvers by Uber, Lyft, Via, taxi, and limo drivers.

To help with road safety we ask that you tweet or email pictures or videos of alleged violations. If you see something say something – VIOs patrol 24/7 to help reduce traffic-related accidents and fatalities.

Ford To Test Self-Driving Cars On Streets Of Washington, D.C. (10-22-18)

An Argo self-driving car is tested on the Northside of Pittsburgh Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Argo is a company owned by Ford. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The nation’s capital early next year joins a roster of cities across the country where self-driving cars are being tested amid the real-world conditions of everyday commuter traffic.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday that Ford Motor Co. will deploy a fleet of up to 10 self-driving, or semiautonomous, vehicles in the city in February as part of the automaker’s nationwide push to test driverless cars. In the city’s pilot program, the high-tech autos will aim to carry passengers and make deliveries across the city by 2021, officials said.

Supporters of self-driving cars say the artificial intelligence that controls them will remove human errors that cause accidents.

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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.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180914005091/en/

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