Uber said the number of taxis are limited for now. "Many taxis don't fit Uber standards, so we are curating our supply pretty carefully," the blog reads.
Uber lets users order cars through its app and put all charges onto an on-file credit card. To request a taxi instead of the usual black sedan, customers need to select "TAXI" in the Uber app. Standard taxi fees apply, and a 20 percent gratuity will be automatically added to charges.
The service is only available in D.C., but Uber plans to expand to Virginia and Maryland.
This comes a month after the city's leadersfor "digital dispatch" transportation services, giving Uber some solid footing in the industry. It's had a much rockier road in places like New York, where it had to , and its hometown of San Francisco, where .