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Proposal Puts Smart Meters In D.C. Cabs By End Of Year

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A proposal before the D.C. Council would also require a uniform color for licensed cabs in the District.
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A proposal before the D.C. Council would also require a uniform color for licensed cabs in the District.

D.C. says it hopes to have credit card machines in its taxicabs by the end of the year. It's part of a major overhaul to modernize the District's fleet of taxis that will change everything from how passengers pay to how the taxis look.

The city is preparing to ink a $35 million deal with Verifone Systems to install new smart meters in all licensed D.C. cab, according to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. The devices will have credit card machines, panic buttons, GPS technology — even video screens that will play a short PSA and feature content for passengers from NBC.

It's the same system that was installed in all New York City cabs a few years ago. And like the New York operation which is famous for its fleet of yellow cabs, as part of this modernization effort,

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