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D.C. cabs will be more expensive soon.

After Taxicab Commission votes this morning, according to the Post, “the drop rate — the base fare that riders pay at the beginning of a cab ride — will remain at $3, but the per-mile rate will jump from $1.50 to $2.15.”

They also voted to “modernize” the fleet—-which means phasing out older cabs.

UPDATE: The commission says, “The fares will rise slightly on trips under five miles and more quickly for long-distance rides.” The new rules will remove several surcharges like the per-passenger surcharge, and the wait time rate will rise from $15 an hour to $25 an hour.

Full release after the jump.

(Washington, DC) The D.C. Taxicab Commission today approved proposed new rules that will bring the District’s cab fares more in line with peer jurisdictions and initiate modernization of the District’s taxicab fleet. The fares will rise slightly on trips under five miles and more quickly for long-distance rides. The proposed rules also begin the process of eliminating outdated vehicles as taxicabs.
While the new rules increase per-mile rates, they also dispose of many surcharges, including the surcharge for extra passengers.
The Commissioners voted unanimously to raise the per-mile rate to $2.16 from $1.50 and the wait time to $25 per hour from $15. While the initial “flag drop” rate of $3.00 remains the same, the rule also eliminates all other surcharges (except the dispatch and delivery service fees) and converts the snow emergency charge to a flat fee of $10 for trips ending in the District and $20 for trips ending in the suburbs.
The proposed rules will be published December 23 for a 30-day comment period.  There also will be a second public hearing on these changes at the Commission’s general meeting January 11.  The rule making process could allow the new rates to go into effect February 3.
According to the Commission’s analysis, this fare restructuring will return both revenues for taxicab drivers and rates for the average consumer to levels comparable to the zone-based fare system that existed in the District prior to May 2008.
The commission issued a 20-page findings-and-determination document that sets forth the reasoning underlying the decision.  This can be reviewed on Commission’s website (www.dctaxi.dc.gov), along with the proposed rules.

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