Posts Tagged ‘taxi fare’

Award for Taxi Fare Estimator (Kelso)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The Washington Post won 5 bronze awards in the Malofiej Infographics competition (SND Spain), including one for my interactive graphic District Taxi Fare Estimator published in January 2008.

Full list of Washington Post winners (all print except mine):

  • Karen Yourish and Laura Stanton for U.S. History of Black Politicians
  • Brenna Maloney and Todd Lindeman for Recession 101
  • Brenna Maloney and Todd Lindeman for explanation of the high price of oil/gas
  • April Umminger and Laura Stanton for the fireworks preview page
  • Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso for the District Taxi Fare Estimator interactive

Read my post on how the interactive was created . . .

DC Taxi’s Switch to Meters Delayed To May

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

taxi yellow cabThe Washington Post reports that a DC Superior Court judge yesterday extended the start date for time-and-distance meters in the Districts 6,500 caps to May 1 due to a technicality. The mayor had previously ordered the change in October after being directed by the US Congress to switch to meters unless the mayor issued an executive order leaving the zone system intact. The District is one of the only cities in the US to continue using zone-based fares instead of time-and-distance meters. Read the full story here…

I published a Google Maps mashup in January (view at that allows a consumer-focused price comparison between the two systems . Enter your own route or try a sample route. See the route plotted on a map and calculate your savings (or loss). The map markers can be repositioned interactively if you don’t know a street address but do know a location.

I will blog about that mashup next week and describe some of the tracking statistics that show an overwhelming number of trips costing less for most consumers (which is why taxi drivers have struck several times now in protest).