- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 28, 2011

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Wednesday appointed an urban planner with decades of experience in the capital region to take over the embattled D.C. Taxicab Commission.

Ron Linton said his tenure will be governed by what is “fair and reasonable” for cab drivers and riders.

His experience includes work on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, including service as chairman from 1992 to 1994, and work on the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority from 1996 to 2000.

Mr. Linton replaces interim Chairwoman Dena Reed during a turbulent time for the commission.

The arrest of two reporters at a recent commission meeting raised questions about the agency’s transparency. In addition, the D.C. Council is considering a controversial medallion system for cabs that would significantly change their licensing structure.

Many cab drivers say the system would allow only a few companies to buy up the licenses and monopolize the city’s fleet.