Last month, Councilmember Grosso sent a letter to City Administrator Rashad Young requesting for a full accounting of which D.C. government agencies accept money from the public, for what services, and, of those, which cannot be paid in cash.
Federal data indicates that 1 in 3 D.C. residents are underbanked, while 1 in 10 are unbanked. Additionally, many residents prefer to use cash to better manage their budgets and protect their identities.
Last year, Councilmember Grosso also introduced legislation to stop the trend toward cashless-only payments at local food establishments over concerns about equitable access for residents who are unbanked or underbanked.
Councilmember Grosso also has been monitoring the impact of the pilot program being undertaken on the 79 express bus route. This pilot will ban the use of cash payment or SmarTrip reloading and Grosso fears that the change could worsen commute options for riders with disabilities or lower income residents.
Councilmember Grosso expects a response from City Administrator Young by January 18, 2019. You can read his letter below: