Taxi Fares Increase April 21 by 44%
The D.C. Taxicab Commission approved a fare hike of 44 percent, effective for most cabs in the city. The per-mile fare will go from $1.50 to $2.16, and the cost for idling will go from $15 to $25 per hour. The purpose of the increase is to bring cab revenues more in line with past fares, when a zone system was used as opposed to the present meter system.
Taxicab commission chairman Ron Linton told the Washington Post that the fare hike will take effect April 21, "but not all cabs will begin charging the new fares right away. Some will need to get their meters recalibrated."