If you live in Washington DC, you have probably heard commuters cursing the Metro’s red line, which is frequently either out of service or severely delayed. Yesterday, however, it was taxi drivers who were getting the invective from DC’s denizens. Taxi protests against startups like Uber and Lyft held up traffic all over the city, as cabbies upset over the exemptions from rules and fees imposed on normal taxis parked their cars in the middle of major thoroughfares and refused to budge.More, via WaPo:
Authorities said Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest opened in both directions around 1 p.m. The roadway had been closed from 15th to 9th streets Northwest because of the protest. The street closure caused other delays in the downtown area. Ironically, because of the protest, some people reported difficulty hailing cabs.
We aren’t sure why cabbies think holding up traffic and honking loudly will help them get more customers. This kind of behavior is only likely to backfire on them, as it did in Europe, where Uber saw sign-ups surge 850 percent after protests.