Cab riders in the District will soon pay more for most trips after the D.C. Taxicab Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to give final approval to a fare hike that’s been in the works for months.
Ron Linton, the commission’s chairman, said that barring an unexpected “bureaucratic glitch,” the fare increase will go into effect April 21.
Under the proposal, the base fare will remain $3, but the mileage rate will increase to $2.16 per mile from $1.50. Surcharges for baggage and additional passengers remain, but they have been modified.
Linton said Wednesday’s action does not affect the $1 gas surcharge, which has been authorized through June 20.
While Linton and others have expressed interest in tying fare increases to service improvements — particularly mandatory credit card payment systems — those upgrades await the D.C. Council’s action on a bill introduced by council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) and supported by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D).