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Cab companies in Arlington County are asking for higher rates, despite commuters by and large strapped for cash.
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Cab companies in Arlington County are asking for higher rates, despite commuters by and large strapped for cash.

Faced with rising maintenance and insurance costs, some cab companies in Virginia's Arlington County are asking the Arlington County Board to allow a 25 cent increase in basic fares, with rides starting at $3.00. The fee for extra passengers over 12 years of age would increase from $1.00 to $1.50.

Resident Katie Horner is upset with the proposal. She says passengers are also counting their pennies.

"I guess it's just insult to injury," she says. "Rates are going up in everything these days."

Still, Ballston resident Will Goodyear sees a silver lining.

"I think it's really easy to get around Arlington and I think it's good to get people out of using cars in general," he says.

A driver named Don, who declined to give his last name, says the increase would help -- a little bit. But he'd rather just see the whole economy turn around: "[If the] economy gets better, everybody is happy, everybody makes money, you know." Arlington County Board chairman Chris Zimmerman says he's just beginning to consider the proposal.

"I honestly have not made up my mind about it at all and neither have any of my colleagues," says Zimmerman.

The board is considering whether to hold a hearing on the idea in November.

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