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Mayor Vince Gray wants to create a taxi surcharge to pay for a laundry list of upgrades to D.C.’s taxi system, which, per the Examiner, includes:

  • Installing credit card readers and Internet display systems for riders
  • A loan program for all D.C. resident drivers to upgrade their fleet to more fuel efficient vehicles
  • Stepping up enforcement efforts against illegal drivers

Sure, there are the critics who say massive upgrades shouldn’t be done on the customer’s dime, or the folks who think the half-empty Taxicab Commission can’t handle an overhaul (here’s looking at you, Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells). But if, say, a year of surcharges brought a glowing, updated taxi service to you, how much would you be willing to pay? A dollar? Two? Not one thin dime? Or, would you want more than the proposed upgrades for your money? Let me know in the comments.

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