The Fiscal Year begins October 1 and DFHV has an ambitious initiative to ensure all District residents have access to transportation.
Transportation as a Service (TaaS) is a pilot program designed to overcome transit barriers that many of our citizens face. TaaS is based on providing access to a ride whether you have a smartphone or bank account; accessibility should extend to all regardless of income, physical disability, or age.
TaaS will offer options to residents who register and qualify for rides. The service is intended to ensure a for-hire vehicle will be available when needed. So please sign up.
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.
Seaberry developed a brand-recognition campaign for the DC Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV). The DFHV replaced the former DC Taxi Commission, which was responsible for the regulation of the city’s taxi fleet, maintaining a status quo of pricing and policies that favored drivers in a one-choice industry.
The DFHV ensures there is choice, competition and innovation across DC’s new transportation ecosystem, which now includes taxis, limousines, private vehicles-for-hire and ride-sharing platforms such as Uber, Lyft and Via. DFHV’s aggressive strategy in recent years has become a model for forward-thinking governments adopting plans to treat “transportation as a service” (TaaS). Ernest Chrappah, DFHV’s director, believes that reinventing modes of transportation is essential to promote job growth, seed entrepreneurship and reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, the strategy is necessary to make transportation in the District meaningfully accessible for the aged, veterans, people with disabilities and those who cannot afford current options.
Furthermore, the strategy provides a foundation to address increasing congestion and the lack of available space to build new parking facilities or light rail in many cities. Chrappah was recently named International Regulator of the Year by the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR).
Seaberry worked closely with DFHV to develop the “Evolution of the Ride” marketing campaign to raise awareness about the DFHV’s “disruption,” which is transforming the agency’s focus to entrepreneurship from growth-stifling regulation.
The challenge was helping people understand the agency’s transportation evolution from taxicab and limousine regulator to transportation innovator, bringing novel strategies to the marketplace to provide convenient, comfortable and safe access to rides.
The Department of For-Hire Vehicles is embarking on an initiative to ensure District residents achieve transportation equity. This objective means removing barriers to access transit service. The agency has continued to modernize the taxi fleet with the transition to a digital platform. We have provided financial incentives to expand economic opportunities and address market changes. In addition, we supported pilot programs to meet the transportation needs of people with disabilities, veterans, District government employees, and foster children. So get ready for Vision 2020. Stay tuned to learn more. The evolution of your ride is being driven by DFHV.
Washington, DC, is committed to adopting more environmentally-friendly transportation options. The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has encouraged for-hire operators to transition to electric vehicles (EVs). Currently, 159 EVs are in service as taxis. DFHV has awarded $377,000 in grants during Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 to 57 vehicle owners to support this electrifying initiative.
In partnership with the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation and Union Station Parking Garage, two Fast Chargers for the exclusive use of DFHV-registered taxis have been installed. Our agency is a member of the Inter-Agency Working Group created by the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) to coordinate the efforts to explore public-private partnerships. The objective is to expand the infrastructure to support EVs by increasing the number of charging stations in the District. Guidance is being given to Electrify America that plans to install multiple charging stations nationwide.