Tag Archives: DC

How Important Is the DC Metro? Not Very.

What if a major city’s rail system suddenly vanished?

Millions rely on rail-based public transportation, either because they can’t afford cars or because traffic is so bad. These trains and light rail systems alleviate congestion and pollution while serving the poor. Many consider them icons of 21st-century transportation and good government.

So if a city’s rail system disappeared, would that city be thrown into chaos and congestion, cars barely moving and horns blaring? Or would ordinary people innovate a solution?

That’s the question DC residents faced this past March. And the nation got to see the results.

Read the rest on FEE, here.

Advocate Michael Published in the Washington Post on Uber Protest

Advocate Michael Moroney had a letter-to-the-editor published in The Washington Post about a recent taxicab protest against the ride sharing service Uber.

Last week, the D.C. Taxi Operators Association gave residents yet another reason to choose ride-sharing services over traditional cabs [“Taxis paralyze downtown traffic to protest ride-sharing services,” Metro, June 26].

The move by cab drivers to block traffic and make unnecessary noise didn’t hurt Uber, Lyft or Sidecar. It did, however, leave a very bad taste in the mouths of Washingtonians, many of whom, ironically, could not find a taxi.

Beyond the temporary inconvenience, the protest underscored the bigger divide between taxi drivers and ride-sharing services. Ride-sharing services are providing value to residents, while traditional taxis seem to be fighting modernization at every turn. The protest was further confirmation that the taxi union cares more about maintaining the status quo than promoting safety and convenience for District residents.

If cab drivers want to win back customers and their reputations, they need to innovate and provide more value to customers than their competitors do. Unfortunately, the taxi union is resorting to 20th-century tactics in a 21st-century world.

You can find the piece online here.

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