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Mayor Vincent Gray is working on getting a new system for taxis in the District approved to make life a bit easier for patrons. This is to include the capability of using credit cards instead of strictly cash. NBC Washington reported:

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced a much-awaited new meter system for District cabs. And there’s plenty in it for riders to be happy about: Credit card readers, GPS tracker, and even a safety-response button in the event of driver-customer disputes.

If approved, the contract would go to VeriFone. NBC has a national contract with VeriFone to provide content in taxis, so riders will be able to see programming from NBC and NBC4.
Of course with convenience comes cost. Riders will have to pay a 50 cent surcharge for this feature. This seems like a safer alternative for both the rider and cab driver.
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