The District of Columbia Taxicab Commission Announces the Implementation of “Shared Riding” at Nationals Park and the Establishment of Designated Taxicab “Drop-Off” and “Pick-Up” Stands.
The Commission authorized Shared Riding at Nationals Park to relieve the public safety hazard created by the mass exodus of patrons seeking taxi service after Nationals Park events. Specifically, Shared Riding means a group of two (2) or more passengers arranged by a Starter with common or different destinations sharing the same taxicab.
Passenger Pick Up
Passenger pick-up will only be allowed at the designated Taxi Stand located in the Unit block of M Street, SE, on the North side of the street. Signs will be posted. There will be Starters posted here to guide the passengers to the taxicabs waiting in line at the Taxi Stand. Taxicabs must line up on the North side of M Street facing Westbound and wait for Starter guidance. Additionally, Hack Inspectors will be on site to assist.
The general direction of the destination of the first passenger shall determine the general direction of that particular trip. Other passengers whose destinations lie generally in that direction may be transported to the extent of the capacity of the taxicab.
Passengers shall be discharged in the order of arrival at their respective destinations. In the event any questions arise as to the order of arrival at any destination, the question shall be resolved in favor of the passenger who entered the taxicab first. Drivers are allowed to reset the meter after the exit of each passenger.
Passenger Drop Off
A new passenger Discharge Stand, commonly called the drop-off, has been established at Nationals Park. To reach the Discharge Stand, drivers shall travel east in the Unit block of M Street, SE, turn right onto Van Street, and discharge their passengers at the Discharge Stand. The driver shall then continue South on Van Street and make a right into the alley near the end of the block. The driver shall continue through the alley until they reach South Capitol Street. At that point the driver shall make a right turn and travel Northbound on South Capitol Street. This is the ONLY authorized passenger Discharge Stand East of South Capitol Street and South of M Street.
Taxi operators shall not pick up passengers except at the designated Taxi Stand nor discharge a passenger except at the designated Discharge Stand. The designated Taxi Stands shall be conspicuously posted. Violations of this subsection are subject to a fine of One Hundred ($100) Dollars.
TAXIS ARE PROHIBITED FROM CRUISING ON FIRST STREET, POTOMAC AVENUE, SOUTH CAPITOL STREET, AND N STREET, SOUTH OF M STREET SE, FROM 2 HOURS BEFORE THE END OF REGULATION PLAY UNTIL 2 HOURS POST EVENT!