October 2019
Director David Do
Ride Safe DC to the World Series  

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals for winning the National League and making it to the World Series. Be advised that TNC rides have designated pick-up/drop-off zones on K Street, SE, and L Street, SE, from South Capital Street to New Jersey Avenue, SE. The designated pick-up/drop-off zone for taxis is M Street, SE between New Jersey Avenue, SE and South Capital Street, SE. Text NATS to 888-777 for transit, safety and weather alerts. Visit SportsCapital.dc.gov for more information. 

The World Series, known as the Fall Classic, indicates the seasonal transition is underway. On Sunday, November 3, it will be time to "fall back" to Eastern Standard Time and turn the clocks back one hour.  With nightfall arriving earlier and the unpredictable weather conditions, make sure to watch  for l eaves that make the streets slick and use your low-beam lights on foggy days.

Plus, with the change of seasons, you may find yourself taking a ride share vehicle rather than walking, biking, or hopping on a scooter. Check out our  Ride Safe DC video  to get safety tips such as confirming the driver before getting in the vehicle, notifying others of expected arrival time and contact DFHV.Complaints@dc.gov if you have any problems. However, if you feel threatened contact 911 immediately

On behalf of the Bowser Administration, I am encouraging our residents and visitors to be vigilant about safety when riding in a for-hire vehicle.

SportsCapital.dc.gov - Let's Go Nats!   
The Union Station Fast Pass

Staff from DFHV and Union Station review plans for the Union Station Fast Pass

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) is launching an exciting new pilot program that will impact the Union Station taxi line with the introduction of the Union Station Fast Pass

Selected DC taxi drivers will be given a Union Station Fast Pass to allow them to have priority access to the front of the taxi line at Union Station. Drivers will approach Union Station from Columbus Circle via Massachusetts Avenue and the Union Station Fast Pass holders will use the designated access point to move to the front of the taxi line at Union Station (see map below).

DFHV is giving top-performing drivers of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) easier and faster access to the Union Station Taxi Stand. This incentive to WAV drivers is a reward for their choice to drive a WAV taxi and an incentive to increase service operations to passengers using wheelchairs.

Drivers can pick up any passenger - with or without a wheelchair - when using their Union Station Fast Pass. A portion of the taxi line will be blocked by cones and DFHV Vehicle Inspection Officers will be on duty to manage traffic flow. 

The pilot program will begin on October 28, 2019.

For additional information regarding the Union Station Fast Pass program, please contact Program Manager Michael Tietjen at Michael.Tietjen@dc.gov or call (202) 645-9001 .

Union Station Columbus Circle

Transportation Trends

Washington, DC continues to be a leader for innovative approaches to the for-hire transportation industry. The local area recently played host to "The Future of Mobility" panel discussion that was produced by  The Hill and the Smart Cities Connect Conference. These events allowed for an exchange a new ideas, presentation of pilot programs and review of concepts intended to address the need for efficient transportation options. 

Among the topics analyzed:  infotainment systems are evolving into a personalized, content-rich experience inside cars; the growth prospects for electric vehicles will be fueled by national support to expand charging infrastructure; and although self-driving cars still generate buzz the prospects for full-scale adoption remain uncertain.

There is also excitement about a new electric vehicle type that has been introduced in Los Angeles. Canoo  re-imagines everything about the automobile, including the business model. Instead of buying a Canoo, consumers will only be able to get one via a monthly subscription. The un ique design creates an " urban loft on wheels" with a spacious, lounge-like interior and room for 7 passengers. While the driving components are built into the car, riders use their own phone to control things that don't actively move the vehicle, such as navigation, music, and interior temperature control.  

H Street Bridge
Transport DC - Suspension of Pooled Rides

Please be advised that effective Thursday, October 24th at 11:59 pm the Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) is suspending the Transport DC Pooled Rides program until further notice. Transport DC will continue to be in operation as normal, 24 hours per day / 7 days a week.

Be reminded that the monthly Transport DC User Group meetings are held every first Wednesday of the month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 441 4th Street, NW, on the 11th Floor.

For more information about Transport DC call (202) 645-7300, or email transportdc@dc.gov.
Halloween: Trick-or-Treat 

Enjoy a Safe and Happy Halloween

Halloween has become more than just kids dressing up to trick-or-treat. Adults in elaborate costumes with large social gatherings celebrating means everyone must be extra cautious. Halloween parties are likely to extend throughout the entire weekend. However, popular trick-or-treating hours for kids are 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm on October 31 so when you are driving be especially alert during those hours.

As such please pay attention to the following safety tips:

Walk Safely
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks; look left and right
  • Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up
  • Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars
  • Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating; if kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick together in groups and go to familiar, well-lit areas
Costumes
  • Use reflective tape or stickers to decorate costumes and choose light colors
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers
Drive With Extra Care
  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Put down your phone and concentrate on the road and your surroundings
  • Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

DFHV - Smart Cities Connect Conference

The Future of Mobility - Danielle Burr - Uber Federal Affairs 

Congratulations Washington Nationals - National League Champs
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