DC Taxicab Commission Requires Cabs to Register by 8/15

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If you’ve ever run into the whole ‘I have a CC but no cash for this f***ing DC cab,’ thing, be excited. After a year-long process spearheaded by Mayor Vincent Gray and DC Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron M. Linton, all 6,500 Washington DC cabs are now required to accept credit cards!

It’s fine with me. I have no problem with it. I’ve been driving a cab for 42 years. A lot of these guys want cash money and don’t want no paper trail. These guys live in Maryland and Virginia and DC can’t tax them. Now they have to rent cabs in DC so DC can tax the company and have more of a clear record. I don’t mind. I’ve been doing the right thing.

– Anonymous OG DC cabbie

Here’s a condensed timeline based on (7) Washington Post articles:


After an 8-month legislative debate, lead sponsor Mary M Cheh (D-Ward 3) feels confident the last loose ends have been wrapped up and a bill requiring DC cabs to offer credit card payment options will pass. Relevant parties include independent cab companies, Uber, larger cab companies and Verifone, whose bid to supply 100% of the proposed credit card POS systems beat out several competitors.


At least (2) cabs in DC are now equipped with the VeriFone meters. Mayor Gray rides in a cab and pays by credit card. Issues regarding automated vs. print receipts and business-expense padding schemes become forefront issues. An injunction against the $35M VeriFone contract is issued by losing bidders.


The latest bump in the DC taxi credit card road was made when former city contracting officer John Dean’s bid analysis and handling of the contract came into question. A judge as well as the city’s Contract Appeals Board ordered to the city to “cancel the VeriFone contract and accept new bids from VeriFone, CMT and RideCharge.”


The idea was to have the credit card machines installed for Inauguration Weekend. And while the VeriFone contract issue remains in litigation, Mayor Gray and the city decide there’s no need for one standard point of sale taxi cab credit card system. They instead will allow cabs to choose their method of taking credit cards, as long as they actually do it. Interactive screens (like the ones in NY cabs), GPS and an emergency button (in case a driver is injured) are requirements as well.

Various credit card system developers are said to be providing the technology free of charge. Which is obviously great for taxpayers, cab companies and drivers alike. Systems are scheduled to be installed by March 30th. Representatives for VeriFone decline to comment… duh.


Now it’s getting pushed back to May…


Now it’s getting pushed back to August 31st… here’s how it affects you financially:

  • Base fare moves from $3 to $3.25
  • There will be a $1 for multiple passengers (not per passenger, $1 total)
  • $0.25 will be added to all rides
  • Baggage fees (and everything else) are gone – except for phone call pick up fees and snow fees

The average annual cost for the new system is estimated to be $970 per vehicle (incl. transaction fees, installation, maintenance and wireless fees). Instead of 1 vendor (VeriFone) there will be up to 9 different service providers. But that doesn’t really affect us.

The cool screens and stuff are required to be installed by December 1st.


DC cab owners who make a ‘bona-fide’ effort to install card readers now have until September 1st to get ‘er done. While city officials admit the plan isn’t moving as quickly as they had hoped, roughly 1,000 cabs in DC should have card readers by August 4th and 3,000 more by August 31st.

If drivers do not affiliate with a payment service provider by August 15th, their vehicles will be impounded come September 1st. Drivers will then be issued letters excusing them from the deadline.

And here’s a list of all the amazing places to go out in DC so you can utilize this new level of awesome :)

Strawberries & Champagne: 10/11/13 at Barcode

By Garrett Blakeman in Barcode, dc bars, DC Clubs, DC Events, DC Nightlife, DJ Events
Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 11:00am. (Updated: 10/12/13 at 7:53am) Add comments
Panorama Productions and Barcode Present:

Strawberries & Champagne

Friday, October 11, 2013
Barcode • 1101 12th NW • Washington, DC

Strawberries & Champagne

Get your weekend started off right with FREE chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne from 9-11PM at Barcöde! No cover all night!


  • 39 types of beer (12 on tap)
  • 12 specialty cocktails
  • Extensive wine & champagne menu
  • Kitchen until midnight
  • Dance/Top 40 hits
  • (2) 72″ Projectors
  • (10) 40″ HDTVs
  • Color-changing marble, LED walls


  • Heated Patio
  • Removable indoor/outdoor walls
  • $150 Bottles of Stoli
  • $5 Guiness
  • $3 PBR
  • Hookah

Young Professionals have found a home onFridays in DC at the clean, comfortableBarcöde.

Barcode is what you make it. A low key evening on the patio, a wild one on the dance floor or a night of drinking with the boys.

DJ Saam blends the freshest mashups, popular hip-hop and house music.

Beach Party: 7/13/13 at Ultrabar

By Garrett Blakeman in dc bars, DC Clubs, DC Events, Dc Nightclubs
Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 3:25pm. (Updated: 7/14/13 at 7:46am) Add comments
Panorama Productions and Ultrabar Present:

Beach Party!

Saturday July 13, 2013
Ultrabar • 911 F Street NW • Washington, DC

Beach Party at Ultrabar

Bummed you havent made it to the beach recently?
Don’t worry because we’re bringing the beach to the club baby! Get your suit, sandals, tanks and shades. Then make your way over to Ultrabar! Forget the sunscreen cause we gonna be sweatin!

  • 6 Bars, 5 Levels, 4 DJs spinning Top 40, House and International
  • Bottle Service: (202) 271 1171
  • Ages 18+ w/ valid ID
  • Dress Code: Respectable summer-wear

Independence Day Week 2013
in Our Nation’s Capital:

Tuesday 7.02 – Weiners & Hookahs @ Barcode


Get your 4th of July Week going with hookahs and free hot dogs! Half-priced wine by the bottle at the Washington Post-lauded Barcode Tuesdays makes for a great way to get things started! Info and more drink specials at the Barcode Tuesdays event page.

Wednesday 7.03 – IndepenDANCE w/ Cosmic Gate, Emma Hewitt in Concert @ Echostage


DC-favorite and international trance stars Cosmic Gate perform with a live appearance by globally acclaimed EDM vocalist Emma Hewitt.

Cosmic Gate and Emma have teamed up for numerous hit songs. Their last appearance together in DC (January 2012) was show-stopping. Cosmic Gate have since performed at Echostage alongside Porter Robinson and Audien. This will be the weekend’s largest concert club event, no question. Info at clubglow.com

Wednesday 7.03 – Latin Night @ Barcode

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One of the best Latin parties in DC. If you’re into spanish and international music with a splash of Top 40 Hip-Hop this is for you. Kitchen open ’til Midnight. For more info visit www.barcodedc.com

21+ • No cover • Premium Happy Hour: 1/2 off drinks til 12 • Bottle Special: $100 Bacardi • Dress Smart.

Thursday 7.04 – Fireworks @ The National Mall


There is nothing more American than Independence Day fireworks in Washington, DC on the National Mall. Tens of thousands will come out for this surreal display of lights and pride. Starts at 9:10PM ends at 9:27PM. For more information visit www.nps.gov/foju/fireworks.htm

Thursday 7.04 – Glow & Friends @ Ultrabar

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Washington, DC’s only multi-room, multi-genre 100% EDM experience. Glow & Friends happen every Thursday and feature the biggest DJ’s and rising stars of dance music the world has to offer.

Main Room: Glow • Rave Floor: 3D, BADASS, Ov3rkill • The Vault: Trap/Moobahton • Chroma (VIP): Rotating genres

For more info visit www.clubglow.com/glow-calendar

Friday 7.05 – Fridays @Barcode

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Barcode is the place for young professionals in Washington, DC. Low key patio with hookah and bottle service (if that’s your thing), bar area, dance floor area, lounge area, it’s got it all. Kitchen open ’til Midnight. Check it out at www.barcodedc.com

Friday 7.05 – Fridays @ Ultrabar

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DC’s #1 Party Club. Need we say more? Visit www.ultrabardc.com for more info

Saturday 7.06 – Carnival @ Ultrabar

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Ultrabar brings you its wildly popular ‘Carnival’ club night featuring free beads & masks, confetti blasts, balloon drops, samba dancers and a reckless crowd of people celebrating life because shit, why not? Formerly every Friday, Carnival at Ultrabar is now a special one-off thrown a few times a year on the road to Mardi Gras.

7 Bars, 5 Levels, 4 DJs spinning Top 40, House and International
$150 bottles of Stoli• (202) 271 1171
Ages 18+

Saturday 7.06 – Psychedelic Sea @ Echostage


BADASS Raves bring an experience like no other to DC’s largest, dedicated concert venue. Experience mermaids, super jellyfish, revenge of poseidon, massive seascape installations, uv bubbles, a costume contest and free rubber duckies for the first 300 ppl!

Info at www.echostage.com

Sunday 7.07 – Hip-Hip Brunch @ Barcode

It’s sort of like the DC Hip-Hop version of NY’s infamous Bagatelle Brunch. Dress up and head over on Sunday afternoon for a heavy dose of rap music, champagne and twerking.

Presented by Taz Events.

Visit the DC club guide to find out more about the best clubs in DC!

Weiners and Hookahs: 7/2/13 at Barcode

By Garrett Blakeman in dc bars, DC Clubs
Monday, July 1, 2013, 6:14pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 6:00pm) Add comments

Hotdogs and Hookahs

Join us Tuesday night 7/2/13 10pm at Barcode for a Pre Independence Day Party with Hookahs, Hotdogs and great music!



Tuesdays at Barcode bring 18+ nightlife to a new level. Insane drink specials, hookah on the patio and a full menu served until midnight are just the beginning.

Tables, birthdays, exclusives:

Drink Specials:
$3 Bud Light
$5 Patron XO Cafe
$5 Bacardi & Coke
$9 Red Bull & Vodka
$150 Bottles of Stoli vodka (all flavors)


10:00PM – 2:00AM

Keep it fresh, crisp and clean. No shorts, sandals or baggy anything. You’re going out and it’s not to the mall. Looking ‘put together’ is everything.


Barcode is located at 1101 17th Street NW: entrance on L street.


Barcode provides comfort built on a high-end backdrop of marble, open-air and illumination. The venue boasts a 45 ft bar, HDTV’s, massive booths, a lounge area with projector, dining area/dance floor and sliding glass-door-panels in the spring/summer to create an indoor/outdoor ambiance. At night many of the tables are removed to provide space for dancing and mingling.

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Lifeguard Party: 8/30/13 at Barcode

By Garrett Blakeman in Barcode, dc bars, DC Clubs, DC Lounges
Friday, June 28, 2013, 6:52pm. (Updated: 8/31/13 at 3:38am) Add comments

Join us at Barcode Friday August 30th as we party with our favorite lifeguards. Make sure you come ready to party and celebrate summer in lifeguard style!

Corona Wars: 8/3/13 at Ultrabar

By Garrett Blakeman in dc bars, DC Events, DC Nightlife, Happy Hours
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 4:12pm. (Updated: 8/04/13 at 5:48am) Add comments

Let the night begin! Coronas are just $3 until midnight at Ultrabar Saturday August 3rd.

Ladies Night Sun Dress Party: 6/15 at Ultrabar

By Ravi in dc bars, Ultrabar DC, Whats hot in DC Nightlife
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 12:00pm. (Updated: 6/16/13 at 5:12am) Add comments
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Ladies – don’t worry about squeezing into that LBD or even cramming your feet into a pair of heels with red soles. Throw on this the latest in 2013 sun dress fashion, a pair of sandals and come get drunk with us at Ultrabar.

Carnival: 6/8 at Ultrabar

By Ravi in dc bars, Ultrabar DC, Whats hot in DC Nightlife
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 4:00pm. (Updated: 6/10/13 at 2:52pm) Add comments
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Ultrabar returns with the next installment of its wildly popular ‘Carnival’ series. Free beads and masks, confetti blasts, balloon drops and a thousand people celebrating for no damn reason!


Want to get stuck in crazy traffic and get stressed on the way to the beach? Nah, that sounds horrible. Grab your suit sandals, tanks and shades, we’re bringing the beach to you at Ultrabar.

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