There’s a showdown coming between WMATA and Tourmobile over the Mall. The DC Circulator is expanding to include a route along Independence and Constitution along the Mall and stopping at each of the Museums as well as the National Gallery buildings. Each ride will cost only a dollar and service will start tomorrow, just in time for peak tourist season. But there’s a problem here. The District has given exclusive license for transit along the Mall to Tourmobile, who are currently raping the public for $20/day for transit around the monument, making boatloads of cash off the tourist industry.
Expect some serious lawsuit action to ensue. Me, I’m on the side of the free market, and removing the exclusive agreement with Tourmobile.
Bring on the new Circulator!
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs