Montgomery County Taxi Union Wins Big Grant

by Sean Riley

DC Labor

MontCo Union Taxi on Wednesday won nearly a million dollars in grants, contributions and loans to enhance Transportation for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities in Montgomery County. The co-op intends to put 50 additional accessible taxis on the road in June doubling the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis operating in the County. The grant will be for the taxis and operating expenses associated with running a co-op. The bulk of the funds, a $754,500 grant, comes from the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), with $93,750 in matching funds loans from Regency Taxi. Regency hailed the project -- expected to begin in about a year – as one that will “benefit the elderly and disabled community, providing them with safe and reliable transportation,” said president David Mohebbi. MontCo Union Taxi is affiliated with the National Taxi Worker Alliance.