City Desk

Cabs Are Probably, Sort Of Raising Rates

Hey y'all. Welcome back from the holiday! The big headline in this story is that taxi cabs will likely be increasing their rates from $1.50 to $2.75. But read a little further, and it turns out that there will also be fewer surcharges, so essentially more money will be going to the driver, less to the city.

And the credit card argument rages on, with drivers saying they can't afford to upgrade their cabs to accept cards without more cash, while consumer advocates insist that upgrades must come before rate increases. It's hard to know which side to take here: On the rare occasion that I take a cab, I don't get the sense that drivers are exactly raking it in (unless they're acting illegally), but short cab rides also tend to be rather expensive with all of the surcharges.

A driver recently told me that the credit card reader wouldn't actually do much for his business—according to him, he tends to make short trips where people prefer to pay cash, anyway.

Photo by Matt Dunn

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    I started driving in 1981 one zone was $l.45 in may of 2008 a senator from michigan got his way and the zone system died but one zone was $6.50 For 3 years most of the jobs in the higher income per household are paying $4 and $5 dollars for rides late 1980's rates . before the meter dc was $1.80 per mile and for 3 years I have been at $1.50 per mile .Do the math no industry has done this. I just did not have time to SUE.

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