February 2020
Director David Do
Expand Your Business  

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles is excited to announce the DC Taxi Drivers Summit to be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020. The local for-hire industry provided about 73 million rides in 2019 and we want to discuss how taxi drivers can tap into those consumers.

The Taxi Drivers Summit will be held at Gallaudet University in the Kellogg Conference Center from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We want to hear about the challenges that are faced every day and consider ideas to help overcome those challenges. And we will offer strategies, concepts and innovations to support the expanding business opportunities. 

The local for-hire ride industry generated at least $769 million in economic contributions in Fiscal Year 2019. Taxicabs provided about 8.8 million trips that averaged about $14 per trip to generate over $112 million in fares. Thus, it is clear that taxis are critical to the District's economy. However, we recognize that the taxi industry has been impacted by private vehicle operators. There has been a 39% decline in taxi trips over the past three years. 

Yet, the data that DFHV collects and reviews indicates several areas that taxis have an advantage: taxi use is most prevalent on weekdays with peak use on Wednesday; taxis offer wheelchair accessible transportation; passengers have the option to pay with cash in a taxi; and taxi drivers must have a clean FBI background check. 

The DC Taxi Drivers Summit will explore these issues and many more. Take advantage of this opportunity to register. Attendance is free and all participants will receive a $50 gas card upon the conclusion of the summit. Lunch and other refreshments will also be provided. My staff and I are looking forward to seeing you!

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DC Taxi Drivers Summit

ATTENTION all DC taxi drivers! You are invited to attend the DC Taxi Drivers Summit on Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Gallaudet University in the  Kellogg Conference Hotel,  800 Florida Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Included among the topics for discussion are the following:

* Strategies to expand your for-hire business
* What is the vision for the future of the taxi industry
* Provide feedback about DFHV services and programs

Registration is FREE!

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. At the conclusion of the summit you will r eceive a $50 gas card for participating.  For more information call (202) 645-7300 or email DFHV@dc.gov.
Communities in Conversation Across the African Diaspora

Mayor Bowser presents this special celebration to feature an engaging panel discussion, cultural performances and a networking reception. The Communities in Conversation Across the African Diaspora is an event that will explore the African, African-American, Afro-Latino and Caribbean communities' historical and contemporary expressions of identity, the cultural cords that tie them together and the importance of representation.

Wearing traditional clothing is encouraged. 

When : Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where : Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center | 2000 14th Street NW | Washington, DC | 20009

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DC Microtransit

The expansion of the DC Microtransit pilot program to serve East of the Anacostia River is coming soon! DFHV will extend the curb-to-curb, on-demand service to Wards 7 and 8 to offer residents additional transportation options. Other features include telephone and electronic hailing, and fares can be paid with cash or credit. 
DC Microtransit will offer rides in an 8-person shuttle within a service zone bordered by Anacostia Park, Pennsylvania Avenue and Southern Avenue. Among the neighborhoods in this area are Congress Heights, Fairlawn, Skyland, Hillcrest, Naylor Gardens, Buena Vista and Washington Highlands.

Stay tuned for the official launch. In the meantime, call for a ride by dialing (202) 398-0500.   

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All owners and operators licensed by or registered with the Department of For-Hire Vehicles are required to maintain their current contact information on file which must include a current mailing address, phone number and email address. Client Services will not conduct a transaction without verification.
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