D.C. residents to choose new color scheme for taxicabs

One of the proposed color schemes for D.C. taxicabs. (Photo: Sam Ford/WJLA)

WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - Taxicabs in the nation's capital will soon sport a uniform color scheme, and residents will get to choose what colors they like best.

Mayor Vincent Gray rolled out four of the possible color schemes Monday at the Verizon Center. The cabs will remain on display there until January 7 and residents can vote on their favorite. The cabs will then relocate to Union Station and later make an appearance at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the annual Washington Auto Show.

Residents will also be able to vote on the D.C. Taxicab Commission's website, where other color options will also be displayed. Final recommendations are expected by the spring of 2013.

“I’m ready to vote,” says Susan Perry. “I like the one with the red bottom and the white top.”

A cab driver says his favorite is the green car because it would make the cabs stand out.

"I'm delighted to open these proposed color schemes for public feedback, because it represents another step forward in modernizing our taxicab industry," said Mayor Gray. "We intend for D.C. to establish an identity and image that will set a new standard for public vehicles for hire and will help improve enforcement to prevent illegal vehicle service by creating a more recognizable D.C. taxicab."

Cabs in the district currently run the gamut, color-wise. The uniform scheme was part of a broad package of reforms approved this year. Credit card readers and GPS devices will also be required in all cabs.

The new color schemes are estimated to cost $1,000 to $1,500 per vehicle, paid by the taxi owner.

Follow the reaction to the color schemes by using hashtag #votedctaxi.