You can view all of the color schemes HERE.
According to the Washington Times:
...The effort stems from a taxi modernization bill the D.C. Council passed this year as part of Mr. Gray's desire to make taxicab reform a signature effort of his administration. Besides a new color scheme, the District is phasing out old taxis, increasing the number of wheelchair-accessible cabs and rolling out smart meters that would allow riders to pay by credit card and watch TV during their rides.In late 2012, interested members of the public voted for a particular color scheme either by going to Verizon Center or by completing an online survey. Overall, the proposed color schemes have not been well received by the public or the D.C. Council. In addition, all the votes cast for particular color schemes meant absolutely nothing: the D.C. Council makes the final decision, and that final decision does not necessarily adhere to the votes cast by the public. In other words, the votes cast by the public mean absolutely nothing; the D.C. Council will do what it wishes regardless of public input and public preference.
Overall, the reforms have been debated for months and touched off heated protests among taxi drivers, who think their leaders are burdening them with extra costs and intruding on their private businesses....
More significantly, as David Alpert stated in Greater Greater Washington:
I generally don't think we need a uniform brand at all. This push for a uniform color seems to be regulating for regulating's sake.Several commenters at that thread in Greater Greater Washington agreed with Mr. Alpert and rightly pointed out that other issues should be more pressing for the D.C. Council.
One wag in that comments thread summed up the idiocy of this push for uniform cab color:
You know how I spot cabs? I look for the light on top that says "TAXI". The color of the car is trivial.Zing!
by 7r3y3r on Dec 13, 2012 10:46 am