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 :)

Beating the Heat in DC

By Garrett Blakeman in Lifestyle, washington DC Entertainment, Whats hot in DC Nightlife
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 6:36pm. (Updated: 7/25/13 at 6:40pm) Add comments

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Contributing Writer Robbie

It’s hot right now, really hot, and sometimes DC residents just need to cool down. Here are some ways to take a break from the sun and cool off.

5557928950_8bb7acc30a_oTake the metro

Navigating the city by foot can be both time consuming and frustrating in this weather. All metro cars are air-conditioned Many of the under ground stations have air chillers located in the center of the platform. You can feel the cool air by standing near those tall structures that have the station names on them.


broken fire hydrantDo not bust open fire hydrants

Instead, check out the Georgetown waterfront, which has tons of interactive fountains and wont get you in trouble. Its located on the Potomac shore near Wisconsin and Water street NW.


Go to a museum / Local library

Museums are not only free but great ways to cool off. Try going to one you haven’t been too. A local library is also a great way to get out the sun. Why not combine being productive with hitting the books.


Get an iced coffee

Naturally cold drinks are perfect ways to quell the heat. Mix it up and try something different than Starbucks. Check out M.E Swing Coffee at 1702 G Street NW on the corner of 17th. Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar, which has locations at 1726 20th  Street and 1916 I Street (between Penn & K) is another great alternative.


rooftop poolPool

Whether it’s a local pool or your friends apt building, taking a dip will surely make you feel better. Try checking out a pool party with some friends. Next best thing (editors note: better)? Head over to Ultrabar for the Lifeguard Party August 2nd.


Go see a movie

It doesn’t get much cooler at night so why not take that girl or guy you’ve been seeing to a movie. You know you’ve been thinking about all those sweet movies that have been coming out.


Suck it up

Know that it could always be worse. You should never stress over something you can’t control, especially the weather. Try popping on some headphones on your way work to keep your mind off the heat and make sure you stay hydrated.

Why Trap Is The Next Big Thing

By Carmen in Whats hot in DC Nightlife
Friday, July 19, 2013, 12:10pm. (Updated: 7/26/13 at 5:42am) Add comments

What Is Trap?


For the last few years EDM has been gaining much popularity and music festivals like Ultra, Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo and Camp Bisco have been attracting large crowds of house-heads and introducing many other sub-genres into the mix as well; one of them being trap. From the beginning of time every music genre has had its time when it starts to develop into something else and has a recognizable difference to its listeners and this is what has been happening with trap music.


You may have heard of trap and think it’s just extreme hip-hop, well you’re wrong. Trap is basically what you get when you combine heavy house beats with hip-hop. It originated in the Early 2000’s from Southern Hip Hop and crunk music with artists like Lil’ Jon, the Ying Yang Twins and Young Jeezy. Its sound has gone through many changes and progressed a lot as many different artists and DJs have influenced its sound but it can mostly be characterized by relatively low BPM (beats per minute), hi-hats, soaring synthesizers and kick drums that pulse and reverberate.


Today trap music has been very influenced by Dubstep but without the constant bass and excessive commotion that there is in some Dubstep music. It contains elements from house, drum and bass, dubstep, EDM and moomahton. It has been labeled as the “new dubstep” and “new moombahton” and DJs like Diplo, Flosstradamus and Bauuer are continuing to widen its popularity among both EDM fans and hip-hop fans.



The slow BPMs allow even the most uncoordinated, biggest lack of rhythm white girl dancers to find the beat and not dance off beat like usual. The heavy drops and kick drums make every girl want to booty pop so if you don’t want to see chicks wiggling and bopping around with their hands in the air like pogo sticks anymore than try turning off your stupid Ke$ha and Taylor Swift songs, turn these tracks up and watch what happens.




Donnell Rawlings (aka Ashy Larry)

Donnell Rawlings at Echostage

Michael Blackson
Melanie Camacho
Hosted by: Joe Clair | Music by: DJ Class

Thurs. July 18 7:30pm | Echostage
2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE, Washington, DC

DC Native Donnell Rawlings (aka Ashy Larry), famous from Chappelle’s Show, is set to bring an “Echo of Laffs” to Echostage on Thursday July 18.

Famous for his catchphrase “I’m rich, biaaaaach!” which played at the end of every episode he’s sure to have the audience in an uproar of laughter. Ever ended a sentence with “Son!”? Donnell Rawlings is the reason why. A regular guest on arguably the the greatest sketch comedy show ever, Donnell Rawlings forever marked pop culture with his ridiculous characters, antics and epic catch phrases. The Comedy Central star performs Thursday July 18 at Echostage!

Joining him are Michel Blackson, who found his inspirations from Eddie Murphy, and Melanie Camacho. The event will be hosted by local comedy and radio legend Joe Clair, music will be by DJ Class.

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Glow and Steez pres. Mega Glow feat.

Cedric Gervais and 12th Planet

Saturday July 20, 2013

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Opening set by Mega Glow DJ Contest winner

Doors at 9PM. No dress code. Ages 18+
Bottle Service: tables@echostage.com • 202.503.2330
Echostage • 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE • Washington, DC

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We once again join our boys at Steez Promo for a crossing of the genres feat. Cedric Gervais and 12th Planet.

We’d been booking Cedric for several years and saying to ourselves, ‘he’s only one song away from really blowing up.’ Then came ‘Molly’ and a string of follow-ups including his recent remix of Lana del Ray’s ‘Summertime Sadness.’ Needless to say, it’s absolutely amazing to see our boy hitting new peaks every year!

America’s dubstep ambassador used to let some kid named Sonny crash on his couch and helped bring bass music to record heights in the US. 12th Planet is a DC favorite, no doubt. Whether it’s been headlining Glow, Steez or Ov3rkill events, the head of LA’s infamous SMOG label throws down hard for The District.

The best of Miami and LA meet in DC this summer. Hope you find what you’re looking for.



Armin van Buuren’s Intense Album Tour arrives at Echostage in Washington, DC on Saturday September 28th. YEEESSSSS!!!!!!


A guide to the best parties of 4th of July Weekend in Washington, DC. From low key hookahs on the patio to reckless EDM concerts, we’ve covered it all.


Cosmic Gate and Emma Hewitt return for a live performance for Glow at Echostage! May the 4th of July festivities begin!


It’s the Pajama Party edition of Ladies Night at Ultrabar! Pillows not included.

Coconut Night: 6/22 at Ultrabar

By Ravi in DC Clubs, Ultrabar DC, Whats hot in DC Nightlife
Thursday, June 6, 2013, 5:06pm. (Updated: 6/23/13 at 10:00am) Add comments
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Drink from a coconut and get wasted at Washington’s #1 club for dance floor action! Ultrabar brings a fresh take on summer parties in DC!

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