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D.C. taxis are authorized to add an emergency flat rate of $15 per trip because of Hurricane Sandy.

Metro is shutting down rail service and buses for a second day due to Hurricane Sandy, so those in need of transport have one last option -- a taxi.

Virgill Williams drives a Barwood taxi in Montgomery County. As the rain pounds his windshield, he drives through Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, and Rockville.

"We've been riding an hour, and there's not one passenger, and that's really, really strange," he says. "We just gonna kinda keep crusin'"

He made a little money earlier today, driving people to work. "This one young lady was a nurse. She had food, and she had water, and she had an overnight bag."

Williams gets a call for another job to pick up a woman just finishing her shift at Safeway, and as he drives, the weather gets more intense.

"To me, at a certain point, it's not about the money anymore, it's about safety," he says. Pretty soon, he's decided to call it a day.

Cab drivers in the District may be facing a different, more prosperous situation, as taxis that originate in the city are authorized to add an emergency flat rate of $15 per trip because of Hurricane Sandy.

The price is supposed to expire at noon tomorrow, unless it's cancelled earlier. But it may also be extended beyond that, if considered necessary. Drivers must inform passengers entering their cabs of the fee and explain it.

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