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Update, 12:55 p.m.: D.C. taxis may once again charge a $15 “snow emergency” fare, according to the cab commission, “until further notice.”

Car2Go service remains suspended in D.C. and Arlington, according to an email sent to customers.

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If you have to get somewhere Monday and are skeptical about using significantly limited Metro service, can you hail car service?

Technically, yes, but don’t expect wait times or rides to be typical. Roads are still messy and many drivers aren’t even out.

“I am unable to confirm the level of service; however, I’ve been advised that D.C. taxis have continued to provide service throughout this blizzard—albeit on a limited basis,” writes Neville Waters, a spokesperson for the D.C. Taxicab Commission, in an email to City Desk. As of 9:30 a.m., D.C. taxis can no longer charge an additional $15 “snow emergency” fare toward riders.

That said, here’s a smattering of your available options so far. We’ll update this list if we hear from other car-service companies.


“Driver-partners are providing rides to people who need them,” says Katilin Durkosh, a spokesperson for Uber. “We continue to ask that drivers use caution when on the roads, and stay safe. For riders, there may continue to be longer ETAs and trip routes.”

Still, no UberEATS for you! (That is, if you were planning to order lunch today.)


We are advising drivers to stay safe on the roads as they continue to get cleared, but passengers can expect Lyft as usual in D.C. today and throughout the week,” says Paige Thelen, a spokesperson for Lyft. The app was displaying a 2 to 3 minute wait time in downtown D.C. around 9:50 a.m., she added.

Yellow Cab Company of D.C.: 202-544-1212

““We are operating at 40 percent of our normal capacity,” says a company representative in a message when a call is placed to Yellow Cab’s general office.  “Please be patient. We are doing our best to serve you.”

Transco: 202-398-0500

“I have around 20 to 30 cars on the road,” says a company representative when called at Transco’s office number. He could not say whether there would be more cars on the road later today.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery