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With the D.C. Taxicab Commission sparring yet again with Uber, mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells and the Washington Post editorial board want to shut down the commission. But that’s thinking too small, according to D.C. Council transportation committee chairwoman Mary Cheh.
“I have bigger fish to fry than just abolishing the taxi commission,” Cheh tells LL.
The sturgeon in question for Cheh is whether to fold the commission and a whole lot of other transportation planning responsibilities into a District-wide transportation authority. Along with the cab commission, Cheh imagines the transportation authority could have authority over creating a special tax district around H Street to pay for the new streetcar line.
It’s not clear where all this would leave the District’s Department of Transportation. In an email, DDOT spokesman Reggie Sanders says that the Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force is studying transit options, but that’s streetcar-specific. Mayor Vince Gray‘s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Cheh plans to introduce legislation in the new Council session to create a task force to study the transportation authority. “I am tired of waiting for the other side to come up with something,” Cheh says of Gray.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery