D.C. Cab Commission Plans to Remove Fare Cap

Monday, Oct 3, 2011  |  Updated 7:58 PM EDT
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A ride in a D.C. taxicab may soon cost you more. Officials decided to remove the $19 cap on fares.

Darcy Spencer

A ride in a D.C. taxicab may soon cost you more. Officials decided to remove the $19 cap on fares.

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Riders may have to shell out even more money for a trip in a D.C. cab. 

WTOP-FM is reporting that the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission is planning to remove the $19 cap on fares this wek. The change would mean that the meter will keep running for the entire length of a cab ride, however long or short. The fare cap does not cover any additional surcharges and the $1 gas surcharge on all fares is expected to remain in place through mid-November.

In addition, the rule change would mean that a cab's meter will continue to run at the same rate for rides into Maryland and Virginia as for rides completely within the district. Currently,  the meter rate is $3.00 for the first 1/6 of a mile and $0.25 for each 1/6 of a mile after that.

The Taxicab Commission officially submitted the proposed changes to the D.C. Register on Aug. 12.

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