D.C. taxicab survey: 94 percent support proposed changes

Many of us have been frustrated with trying to catch a cab.

But it appears people in our region believe taxis here are some of the worst in the nation.

According to a new survey three out of four residents called D.C. taxis poor or fair. But D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh plans to change that.

The survey reports that almost seven out of ten riders say the cabs in D.C. don't hold up to other American cities.

But councilmembers plan to improve them. And, at least according to the nonscientific survey, the public can't seem to wait.

Ninety-four percent of the 4,000 people surveyed support legislative reform.

And two aspects of the proposal have broad support, specifically, requiring all taxis to accept credit cards and to have uniform cruising lights that show when they're available.

All 12 reforms in the survey won approval. Respondents even agreed on making all taxis one color, with yellow the favorite, then red, then orange.

But cab drivers say riders haven't given them a fair shake.

The council will hold a hearing on this Monday at 11 a.m. at Union Station.