Sunday, June 08, 2008

Federalism and Taxis

Taxicabs in the Washington area are regulated by various jurisdictions--DC cabs may not pick up fares in Virginia and Maryland, Virginia cabs can't get passengers in the District and Maryland, and District Cabs are forbidden from pick ups in Maryland and Virginia.

This produces a perverse and wasteful outcome, especially at our airports. My family and I were dropping off a visiting friend at Dulles today, and on the way back I noticed a bunch of empty DC and Maryland cabs on the Dulles access road. The distance from Dulles to DC is about 25 miles--this implies substantial time is wasted and greenhouse gases emitted every day for no good reason. Once upon a time this might have been a small thing, but that is no longer the case.

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