Dear PoP – Why are Cabs Avoiding 14th St, NW?/What’s the Quickest Way to DCA?

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“Dear PoP,

For the five years that I have lived in DC I have lived within a block or two of 14th St NW. Cabs to and from DCA have always gone up and down the 14th street bridge. Today I did a very quick flight out and back and both this morning at 4:30, when the driver all of a sudden just turned off to take 9th, and tonight at 11:30, when the driver asked to take Piney Branch, the driver has said it is faster to not take 14th. Why are they all of a sudden worried about traffic at these ridiculous hours? Are either of those routes faster to and from 14th and Spring/DCA at these hours or is my exhausted paranoid self right in suspecting that they are trying to pad the fare with a little extra mileage? Have any of your readers experienced similar out of character cab behavior lately?”

Anyone else experiencing cabs who wish to avoid 14th St, NW at odd hours? What do you guys think is the fastest way to Reagan National Airport?

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