D.C. cabs to get uniform look: red with a gray stripe

D.C. cabs will get an updated look over the next few years as they adopt a new red a gray color scheme. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Nathaniel Erwin.

All D.C. taxi cabs will soon have the same color scheme: red with a gray stripe.

The D.C. Taxicab Commission will formally announce the standardized design Wednesday after months of talks and planning, NBC Washington reported. The city has not yet presented a sketch of the new design.

NBC reported that all new cabs would have to conform to the color scheme, and existing cabs that need paint jobs would also switch over to a red and gray exterior. The city expects to phase out all other designs as D.C. cabs, which cannot be more than 7 years old, are replaced.

The makeover comes as a part of a series of reforms approved by the D.C. Council last year. The D.C. Taxicab Commission will accept public comments on the design for 30 days, and the city will hold a public hearing in May.

A city panel had suggested a red color scheme in February, which would match Capital Bikeshare and Metro bus styles. NBC reported that earlier proposals called for multicolor designs, which D.C. Council member and GW Law School professor Mary Cheh called “ghastly.”

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