You could make the same argument about how time and distance meters
wouldn't work in any other city. For example, "New York is a big city
with the most traffic compared to all American cities. Now, when you
take a cab during morning rush hour, let's say from Park Slope to
Times Square, drivers will pick any route where there is less
I used to live in New York and there are lots of times when a longer
route is faster. From the Upper West Side to Penn Station, it might be
faster to go farther west to take 11th Ave or the West Side Highway
instead of the direct route down Broadway. A driver would ask me, and
usually I'd say sure, becuase it's an extra $1 maybe to save 15
minutes. From JFK airport to Brooklyn, it's sometimes faster outside
rush hours to take the freeways, and the driver could suggest it.
If the roads are closed, then drivers benefit under the new meters
because they have to go a longer route and get more money instead of
under zones where they don't get more.
I think that the drivers have to really take a serious look at their
reputation. So many people have stories of being ripped off, lied to,
had a driver refuse to take them somewhere, etc. I think that makes it
really hard to get public support. It's too bad that good drivers may
be suffering because bad drivers are ruining it for them, but the good
drivers could be putting more pressure on all drivers to be better.
That would make the public more willing to support higher incomes for
drivers or to believe drivers who say that one type of meter is
better. As it is, most people don't believe them at all.
On Tue, Apr 1, 2008 at 4:46 AM, Aleme <ethioscript@...> wrote:
> Hi! Michael,
> The reason drivers oppose time-distance meters is because they will not
> work for DC and it will bring its own problems. DC is a small city with
> the most road closures compared to all American cities.
> I think you live in Adams Morgan. Now, when you take a cab during
> morning rush hour, let's say to
> Capitol Hill, drivers will pick any route where there is less traffic
> since drivers want to quickly serve one client and and pick up another.
> The drivers also don't like the distance meter because it is expensive
> and their income is going to go down when everything goes up.
> My experience with tourists is that when they know there is no meter
> they ask and learn what they should pay. The problem is people who have
> lived here many years may know only one or two zones, but they don't
> know how the zones work. Many of them concluded the zone system is too
> complicated and don't want to know. As a result, many feel cab drivers
> want to rip them off.
> Here is how the zone system works. Since you live in Adams Morgan, as an
> example, I will pick Connecticut Avenue. Up to the 2000 block is the
> first zone, from 2000 to 4000 is the second, from 4000 to 5000 is the
> third. The further you go up, the blocks are bigger so they put 10
> blocks in one zone. From 5000 to 6000 is the 4th zone.
> This is all there is to the zone system. It is also important to note
> the system is called E,K,P,U meaning E is a 500 block, K is a 1000
> block, P is a 1500 block and U a 2000 block. This is true in all
> quadrants of the city.
> For the zone-meter system. as soon as the passenger gets in the driver
> to punch the starting address and the destination, it will immediately
> show the price to that exact destination. It is not like you assumed,
> where a driver crosses the line to overcharge.
> Michael, if you drive a cab you will be amazed how people are abusive.
> Just the other day I brought a woman from the eastern market to Colombia
> Road and 19th Street. She threw me $5.00 and walked away. Do I have to
> hold all passengers accountable because of her behavior? No. In fact,
> most people are nice. So please do not hold all drivers accountable
> because of some bad apples.
> Thanks, Aleme
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