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Travel and Transportation September 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

Black Suburban wanted for Television Show

DC production company looking for a Black Suburban vehicle to use in an episode for a Discovery Channel show!

Paid gig!

Vehicle must be drivable, and have registration. We’re looking for a 2014 model, but anything close will work. No damage will be done to the car during shooting.

If the vehicle has tinted windows, and a black interior, that is a plus! Not necessary however!

Shooting dates are 10/3/16 – 10/7/16, but the car will not be needed every day.

Please email [email protected] if interested, and include photos of your vehicle (exterior and interior) and your availability during the week of 10/3/16 – 10/7/16.

If you know someone who has a car that meets this description, please share!

Thank you 🙂

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Travel and Transportation August 20, 2016 at 10:31 pm

Electric vehicle cabs in DC?

I have been seeing a number of Nissan Leaf cabs driving around DC, and I was wanting to book one for my taxi ride tomorrow, but I can’t find anywhere on the internet what company to call to book one of these. Google Fail! Cars are red and grey (Red top??) and have green highlights.

Any one have info on these?

Travel and Transportation August 12, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Is Bridj still operating?

I tried to take a Bridj bus this morning from Petworth to downtown, but the app gave me an error stating that “Bridj does not currently offer service between these two points.” From the map in the app, it looks like Bridj is not available at all in DC right now.

Is Bridj no longer operating in DC? Or is this a problem with the app? I’ve tried re-installing to no avail.

Anyone know what’s going on? While I’m not a frequent rider, Bridj is definitely a great service for those of us in Petworth who work downtown.

Travel and Transportation August 10, 2016 at 11:14 am

Anywhere in Ward 1 (Zone 1) without Street Sweeping?

When we lived in Ward 2 (zone 2), we had figured out where the non-street sweeping spots were. However, after moving a few blocks away to Ward 1 (zone 1) we haven’t found any spots that have no street-cleaning and have a week long trip coming up where we won’t be able to move the car for street cleaning. Any suggestions for non-street cleaning spots in DC’s smallest Ward (Ward 1/Zone 1)?

Travel and Transportation June 24, 2016 at 9:51 am

Moving Truck Parking Sign vs Tree Work Signs

I have no parking signs for a moving truck next Tuesday, June 28. All this week, our street has had no parking signs for tree work, and that was supposed to run through the 24th. I went out there this morning, and all of the tree work signs now say it’s scheduled for the 27th-July 1.

I’ve tried calling the number on our permit multiple times and leave message after message, but I’m wondering if anyone knows what I can do. Can I just put up my signs along the others and keep a copy of the permit on the dash? Or does the tree work supersede everything.

Travel and Transportation May 31, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Travel Training

Dear Community Members, Friends, and Colleagues:
Good day. Being a person with a disability who is new to DC, public transportation can be challenging. I learned this first hand when I moved to DC ten years ago from a country dependent on cars to get around. Currently, I am a Travel Trainer for a program called On the Move with DC Metro.

On the Move provides a free service that works to support people with disabilities who want to learn to use the bus and rail independently. Our program has travel trainers that have resources and knowledge to make this happen.

Please let me know if you know any citizens with disabilities that would be interested in getting around the DC Metropolitan area using public transportation and benefit from the services provided through the On the Move program.

My email is [email protected] and my phone number is 202-656-1128. I look forward to hearing from you.

With the utmost respect and sincerity,

Travel and Transportation April 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm

DC Boat Ownership

Hey – Growing up in Florida, my family always had a little boat to take out tubing and skiing on weekends. I see people boating out on the Potomac and Anacostia (not tubing or skiing of course) on the weekends. I’d love to get something reasonably small (6-8 passengers) like a Sea Ray or a Boston Whaler – preferably used. It would be great to wet dock it somewhere on the rivers and dry dock it during off-season. If you’re a local boat owner, I’d love some general info on making this happen.

  • Where would you buy a used boat? In Florida we had large boat dealers with new/used boats. I can’t find that here. Craigslist isn’t great for shopping around.
  • Do you keep your boat wet docked? Where do you dock it and approximately what is the cost?
  • I completed an online boating license course and got my license. What else is required for boating in the area? I assume a permit or registration of some kind for the boat and trailer. What about insurance coverage?

Thanks so much for the help!

– Brandon

Travel and Transportation February 11, 2016 at 10:41 am

DC Taxi Cab App – No Surge Pricing?

From Washington Business Journal:

The Washington Post reports the commission spent approximately $500,000 creating and launching the app, which is available for Android and Apple phones.

“We think providing the technology platform gives them more than a fighting chance,” commission Chairman Ernest Chrappah said. “The app is critical. [It] eliminates a barrier. I can now connect to the driver electronically.”

There are some 6,500 licensed taxis in D.C. and all are expected to be connected to the app, the commission says.

Travel and Transportation February 3, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Buying a car in DC

I am a first time car buyer that lives in the District. Are there any car dealerships in DC proper? Does anyone have any recommendations for reputable car dealerships nearby?


Travel and Transportation February 1, 2016 at 5:14 pm

Choosing between Baltimore and DC

My significant other just took a job in Baltimore (Fells Point). My work is near NOMA/Union Station. We currently live in Columbia Heights, and we’re trying to figure out where we should move.

It seems like our options are:
1). Moving close to Union Station, perhaps in NOMA or around H Street. I could walk to work (which obviously would be great for me!), and she could walk to Union Station for the MARC train. We’re still trying to figure out the best way to get her from Baltimore Penn/Camden to Fells Point. I suppose an option 1b might be her driving from H Street.
2). Move to Baltimore. I could take the MARC and then walk to work, she’d walk/bike/bus/drive to Fells Point, depending on where exactly we live.
3). Live somewhere in between. We only have one car, so this option would likely have one of us taking the MARC (probably me) and one of us driving.

Anyone have any opinions on those options, or the DC-to-Baltimore (or vice-versa) commute in general?

Travel and Transportation January 21, 2016 at 11:29 am

February getaway?

I was thinking of planning a romantic getaway for February with my spouse. Does anybody have nearby recommendations on where to go and where to stay? Bonus if it’s connected by a train since we don’t have a car. We don’t want to spend a fortune either. If possible, less than $165/night on accommodations. Thanks!

Travel and Transportation January 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Winter Ocean Day-Trip Suggestions?

Hello! Even though it’s winter (at least nominally), I’m eager to see the ocean. My fiancé and I are thinking of taking a day-trip to a beach accessible from here—Rehoboth, Virginia Beach, Ocean City, etc. I’m mainly interested in walking along the beach, hearing waves crash against the shore, contemplating my own insignificance compared to the vastness of nature, etc. I’m wondering if anyone has any tips about which beaches are better for this sort of adventure, or any thoughts about what else we should do when we’re close by that wouldn’t break the bank. Thanks!

Travel and Transportation November 18, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Should you tip your Uber driver?

I’ve been using Uber now for roughly two years. Ever from the start it was my assumption that tipping is not included in the cost and that was part of the beauty of Uber. You don’t tip, you don’t have to carry cash and all costs are included in your fare.

Officially, with respect to tipping, Uber’s website states,
“You don’t need cash when you ride with Uber. Once you arrive at your destination, your fare is automatically charged to your credit card on file — there’s no need to tip.”

However, recently I came across an article called “7 Things You Do That Annoy Your Uber Driver — This is Uber etiquette 101.” The second thing listed was tipping and the article goes on to say,”
“Uber actually makes all new passengers set a tip percentage for UberTaxi rides when they first sign up, …… referring to the option for passengers in some cities to use the app for hailing taxis rather than private cars. This, he added, “leads to lots and lots of passengers incorrectly assuming that tip is included in the fare price for UberX,” which is the app’s cheapest option. Tip is “most definitely not” included for UberX…”

In addition to this the following articles from the NY Post and Boston Globe seem to indicate that you should tip your driver.

So, with all this in mind, I’d like to hear what others have to say.

Travel and Transportation November 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm

WMATA's plan to advertise alcohol is a no-go to Ward 7 drug-free coalition

You may have heard that the WMATA board is voting November 19 on a proposal to increase revenue. And while WMATA reports that their poll found support for reversing the ban on alcohol ads, the Ward 7 Safe & Drug-free Communities Coalition has come out against this. This morning I blogged the release and some advocacy materials ( and am encouraging folks to weigh in on this important issue.

And yes, full disclosure, I work for the Coalition.

Travel and Transportation November 17, 2015 at 11:11 pm

Lyft billing error from DCA?

Hi Popville,
I recently took my first Lyft ride from DCA to Columbia Heights. When I received my receipt, I noticed that it included a $4 airport pick up fee as well as a $4 airport drop off fee. Assuming this was some kind of error, I emailed Lyft for an explanation of the $8 charge. Here is their response:

“Thanks for writing in. I’m happy to explain how tolls work when riding with Lyft.

Lyft features an automated toll system. Anytime you pass through a toll while in a Lyft ride, the cost is automatically factored in to your ride price. You’ll see the toll listed as a line item in your ride summary, and that amount goes directly towards reimbursing your driver. You mentioned two airport toll charges. Please note that one was when your driver picked you up, and one was during your exit from the airport.

This automated toll system is live for bridges, turnpikes, and tunnels in all Lyft cities. Any additional amount for a toll amount is included in the payment flow. We are not able to remove the cost of the toll from your ride price, and cannot issue a refund if you paid an amount for a toll outside of the app. Lyft’s cashless payment system makes sure your ride is safe and fun, and allows both you and your driver to focus on the ride itself.

For more information about paying for tolls as a Lyft passenger, feel free to check out the article on our Help Center:”

Has anyone else incurred a double airport charge of $8 for being picked up or dropped off at DCA? I’m not aware of any automatic toll system at DCA, so I’m a bit confused. I’m continuing to fight the charge with Lyft, but wanted to see if others have experienced this. Also, for clarification, my driver was already on airport property when I requested the ride, so their explanation of the charge above would mean that their asking me to pay for a toll that occurred before my ride commenced. This seems crazy.

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