Mayor Gray Orders Taxi Fare Cap Removed

By Tom Sherwood
|  Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011  |  Updated 1:30 PM EDT
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Mayor Gray Orders Taxi Fare Cap Removed

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray issued an executive order to the city's Taxi Commission directing that the $19 cap on taxi fares be removed.

Taxi Commission Chairman Leon Swain told NBC Washington that the commission has begun the process of changing the rule and that it could go into effect in about 30 days.

However, the commission also said that removing the $19 maximum fare will require that all 6,000 city cabs have their meters recalibrated, which likely will take longer than 30 days.

During his campaign for mayor, Gray was strongly supported by cab drivers who opposed both the new meter system and the $19 cap on fares. Gray has supported the meters, but not the fare cap.
 

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