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A new proposal would raise the per-mile charge for D.C. taxis from $1.50 to $2.16.
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A new proposal would raise the per-mile charge for D.C. taxis from $1.50 to $2.16.

The D.C. Taxicab Commission released a report this morning (pdf), approving a number of proposals that incrementally increase fares, while waiving a number of fees and promising a modernization of the taxicab fleet.

The proposal, which was unanimously approved by the Commission, calls for rates to be increased to $2.16 a mile. Under the current system, fares are assessed at 25 cents for every one-sixth mile on top of a $3.00 drop fee. The new system retains the $3.00 drop fee, but instead assesses fares at 27 cents for every one-eighth mile.

There are benefits for riders as well. Surcharges on fuel, passengers, animals and luggage would be eliminated. The proposal also outlines a move to a cash-free meter system that would allowed the use of credit and debit cars by fall of 2012.

Improvements to the the taxicab fleet itself are also part of the push, according to the report: "The Commission will be seeking environmentally friendly and fuel efficient green taxicabs. In addition, the quality of the District’s taxi operator education, professionalism and customer service skills and knowledge must be improved immediately."

The Commission's findings are open for public comment for 30 days, and they will meet again January 11 to hear further suggestions.

D.C. Taxicab Commission Proposal
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