Taxicab Commissioner Ron Linton Steps Down

by Sean Riley


DCist

Ron Linton, the D.C. Taxicab Commissions head honcho since 2011, has resigned from his position.

WAMU first reported the news and DCTC spokesman Neville Waters confirms with DCist that, as of today, Linton is no longer the taxi czar.

Since he was first appointed in 2011, Linton has worked hard to modernize the D.C. taxicab industry, which has been continually criticized for its outdated regulations. Among those regulations was a long overdue mandate requiring all District taxicabs to install credit card readers. Though originally that was supposed to be completed by the end of March in 2013, it wasn't until October of 2013 that all cabs actually had credit card readers installed.

Of course, Linton's modernization efforts weren't met with much kindness from the District's cab drivers, who constantly battled with him and the DCTC's efforts to modernize cabs. At a Commission meeting in November of 2013, hundreds of cab drivers packed the room to yell at Linton over a mandate requiring them to install dome lights for their cabs.

"Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Linton has got to go," a group of drivers chanted during the meeting. Another cab driver at the same meeting screamed ""You are Hitler!" to Linton.

But Linton's efforts to modernize the District's cab fleet weren't for nothing. With competition from ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, the DCTC had to do something in order to stay afloat. In fact, in an increasingly digital world—Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar all operate through app-based systems—even the DCTC had to change their ways: In March, they'll start testing their own e-hailing app. [MORE]