The D.C. taxicab commission voted last month to raise fares for riders in the District. The vote also includes the installation of credit cards in cabs, providing riders with another option beyond cash payment.
The vote by the commission proposes to lower the base fare from $3 to $2.75, but raise the per-mile rate from $1.50 to $2.16. The wait time also increases from $15 per hour to $25. Although these increases will happen, commission members say recent surcharges will be dropped which include luggage, additional passengers, pets and emergency fuel surcharge.
The proposal was unanimously approved and D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton said the proposal far hike is not as high as cab drivers originally wanted. This hike has been in talks for some time, after cab drivers were unpleased with former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s mandatory change in the fare system that was previously zone-based to a metered system, in 2006.
There will be a public hearing on the changes at the Commission’s general meeting Jan. 11. The new rates could go into effect Feb. 3.