June 2019
Director David Do
Transportation Equity 

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles is an innovative agency that is always seeking means to address transportation equity. We see the potential for expanding microtransit services to other parts of the District. 

DC Microtransit is a pilot program that offers a shared ride service available in parts of Northwest and Northeast DC; covering Petworth, Park View, Howard University, LeDroit Park, Bloomingdale, Edgewood, Brookland, Woodridge and Fort Totten. We are closely studying the results and listening to feedback from riders about the service.

The Taxi-to-Rail (T2R) program has also been launched to respond to the needs of those who are East of the River. Many residents East of the River live more than a 15-minute walk to a Metro Station. T2R addresses the first-mile/last-mile problem of connecting people to public transit options. Our intent is to assist with fulfilling Mayor Bowser's request to all DC Government agencies to further improve the quality of life for District residents by reducing commute times. T2R users can get a ride to the following Metro Stations: Deanwood, Minnesota Avenue, Capitol Heights, Benning Road, Anacostia, Congress Heights, Southern Avenue, and Naylor Road. In addition, T2R can allow users to summon a ride from a station to any location East of the River.

DFHV is committed to overseeing a robust transportation ecosystem to meet the needs of our residents and visitors to have safe and reliable options to for-hire ride services.

DC Microtransit
Summer Time Fun Time

According to research from Survey Monkey the top travel destinations this summer for Americans included plenty of international locales. The 10 places respondents listed most commonly were:
  1. Australia
  2. Hawaii
  3. Italy
  4. Ireland
  5. Greece
  6. Japan
  7. France
  8. New Zealand
  9. Africa
  10. Scotland
The answers vary regarding why specific destinations were chosen but interestingly most people  prefer to travel by car (52%), compared to flying (21%). Only 8% would take a train, and less than 2% would choose bus or boat travel. The majority of people prefer to travel with family (39%), or a significant other (33%), while 12% of the respondents enjoy solo exploration the most. Other results include:
  • Among those who picked "outdoorsy vacations," the most popular destinations were: Australia, Hawaii, and New Zealand
  • Among those who picked "beach vacations," the most popular spots were: Hawaii, Greece, and Australia
  • For "arts and culture" folks: Australia, Japan, and Italy
  • For foodies: Japan, France, and Italy
  • Among nightlife aficionados and partiers: Australia, Greece and Florida
  • Among sports fans: Australia, France, and the Netherlands
  • Favorite Type of Vacation
Community Meeting

The   Department of For-Hire Vehicles continues efforts to reach out to residents through participation in community meetings in conjunction with local neighborhood Citizens Advisory Councils within defined Patrol Service Areas. DFHV Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) provide information about road safety, regulatory compliance, and agency services.  In addition to residents, all   for-hire drivers are encouraged to attend.  The next scheduled meetings are:
  • Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 pm at the 3rd District Police Station, 1620 V Street, NW.
  • Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 pm at the 7th District Police Station, 2455 Alabama Avenue, SE 

Acknowledgement of excellent customer experience via Twitter

National Immigration Forum

The National Immigration Forum's program, New American Workforce, partnered with the DC Government in 2017 and offers citizenship assistance on a monthly basis for D.C. government employees, contractors, and their family members at various D.C. government buildings.
The next New American Workforce Citizenship Workshop takes place on Friday, June 28 at DFHV, 2235 Shannon Place, SE starting at 12:00 noon in the Second Floor Hearing Room.
At the workshop, experienced immigration professionals will discuss the (1) benefits of citizenship, (2) eligibility requirements for citizenship, and (3) the citizenship process. Participants will also receive a free citizenship eligibility screening.
Please keep in mind that Mayor Bowser has established the D.C. Mayor's Citizenship Fund to help District residents cover the $725 citizenship application fee. To qualify for the Citizenship Fund, you must by a DC resident and attend a New American Workforce Citizenship Workshop.

Office of African Affairs Fashion Show

The Mayor's Office on African Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor's Office on Women's Policy and Initiatives, the Mayor's Office on African American Affairs, and African Fashion Week DC, will host an African Fashion Show and Culture Expo showcasing and celebrating DC African fashion, creativity, and culture. Come out to this event scheduled on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Frank D. Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

The Culture Expo will feature  hairstylists, fashion designers, DC government agencies, African community organizations, food vendors, and more. There will also be a panel discussion about African fashion and business. The event will conclude with the fabulous fashion show. 

DFHV New Employee Orientation

DFHV: Meet The Staff 

The staff of DFHV is ready to serve you. We strive to provide excellent customer experiences and protect passengers and drivers when riding in for-hire vehicles in the District. We are a solutions-oriented agency that puts forth a diligent effort to support a competitive marketplace that offers safe, affordable and accessible transportation options. We expect to be held accountable while making decisions that are transparent and responsive to the needs of operators in the industry.  General comments and feedback can be sent to DFHV@dc.gov , or call (202) 645-7300.

Recognition for VIO Lead Tim Evans at the DFHV Hawaiian BBQ

DFHV Staff representing at the 2019 Capital Pride Festival

Abdoul Niang distributes DFHV information at the DHCD Housing Expo
Contact Information
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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Department of For-Hire Vehicles 
2235 Shannon Place, SE, Suite 3001
Washington, DC 20020