- Associated Press - Sunday, May 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington’s more than 8,000 taxis are getting digital meters.

The Washington Post reports that (https://wapo.st/2qLBntW ) cab drivers in the city have until Aug. 31 to get rid of their traditional meters, which are being replaced with a tablet or smartphone with a digital meter app.

The tablet will be mounted on the car so passengers can see a map of the route, the cost of the trip and the estimated time of arrival. Taxis will use start-up Square to process payments.

Officials say D.C. is the first major U.S. city to move to digital meters.

Ernest Chrappah is director of the D.C. Department of For-Hire Vehicles, which regulates the industry. He says they are “reinventing” the taxi experience to make it better for riders and drivers.

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