A D.C. taxi driver of 28 years who goes by Mr. Paul reports that the government shutdown has cut his daily pay by about 75 percent. “It’s hard to believe that some days I come home with $26,” he says. “Before the shutdown, I would be striving to make $80 to $100 every day I work.”
His rent of $1500 off Fort Lincoln Drive NE is due on the 5th of each month. He shares a two bedroom unit. He says that if he’s late on his rent, a late payment fee is applied. “The only way I paid my rent this month is because I’m borrowing. I’m very lucky that I could call my son this month and borrow.”
As he drove a City Paper reporter down 16th Street NW on Tuesday, he explained his days. “This morning, I came out at 4 a.m., and you are my second customer.” It was 8:15 a.m. “All of us are suffering, not only myself. I go down 14th Street, and no one has a passenger.”
He says that Union Station is no better. “Because there are no tourists coming in, cab drivers wait one hour, two hours, before they pick up somebody.” On Sunday night at Union Station at 8 p.m., several cabs that had been waiting to circle through the station’s taxi lane drove away without passengers. No one waited in line for a cab.
Mr. Paul says that one of the worst aspects of the shutdown is that it creates an atmosphere of uncertainty. But he doesn’t believe that this will end any time soon. “It might stay for a long time because it’s a matter of ego,” he says. “The shutdown is biting.”
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.
As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., will always attract tourists who need ride-share services to navigate the region and be transported to places like the Lincoln Memorial.
But the top destinations in the region for Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. suggest a higher percentage of those in the region use Lyft for day-to-day transportation, whereas Uber Technologies Inc. users are more likely to be tourists or travelers going places of interest like MGM National Harbor.
One example: The Walmart Supercenter at 99 H St. NW in NoMa and the Target at 3100 14th St. NW in Columbia Heights are the third- and fourth-most popular Lyft destinations for drop-offs and pickups this year. Eastover Shopping Center in Oxon Hill is Lyft’s sixth-most popular spot, according to data provided by the company.
You can take a look at the top 10 destinations for both services in the gallery above.
Lyft, which recently became the official ride-share service of Events D.C., said 20 percent of riders…
The company will display a “Get to the Polls” button on the Uber app to help users find their designated polling place and allow users to book a free ride. The company has also partnered with the nonprofit civic engagement group When We All Vote to distribute voter registration information via the Uber app and help drivers and riders register to vote.
“Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the U.S. to get to their polling place at the push of a button,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a company statement on Oct. 4.
Uber announced a slew of new safety features Wednesday intended to give both riders and drivers peace of mind when using the app.
The biggest change is a system called “Ride Check.”
Uber says it’s an extension of the GPS system that tracks riders and drivers within the app — only now, it will be leveraged to detect possible crashes and anomalies such as unusually long waits. The system will send an alert to both the rider and driver asking whether there’s an issue, and give them the option to contact authorities or reach Uber’s safety line.
Uber says the feature is tuned to “flag trip irregularities beyond crashes that might, in some rare cases, indicate an increased safety risk.”