Cab fares about to go up in the District

Mark Segraves,

WASHINGTON – Starting next week, it’s going to get more expensive to take a cab in the District.

The D.C. Taxicab Commission gave final approval today to a fare increase of 66 cents per mile. The per-mile fare will increase from $1.50 to $2.16. Per-hour wait times will go from $15 to $25, and rides during snow emergencies will see a flat fee of $15 per trip.

The commissioner voted to extend the $1 fuel surcharge through June 20, 2012.

Some fees will go down. Cab drivers will still be able to charge a bag fee, but only if the driver handles the bags, places them inside the trunk of the cab and removes them for the passenger, says Ron Linton, chairman of the D.C. Taxi Cab Commission.

Additionally, Linton says only vans will be allowed to charge an extra fee for additional passengers, and they can only charge the fee for up to 3 extra passengers. After the fourth passenger, there is no additional fees.

The new rates go into effect on Saturday, April 21.

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