D.C. Taxicabs Increase Fares over Gas Price

By Stefanova, Kristina | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), December 18, 2000 | Go to article overview

D.C. Taxicabs Increase Fares over Gas Price


Stefanova, Kristina, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


The D.C. Taxicab Commission last week raised surcharges for the third time this year, blaming continued high gas prices, and signaled that a permanent increase is in the works, regardless of whether prices come down.

When the first surcharge began in April, gas prices locally were at an average of $1.58 per gallon for self-serve, regular unleaded, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. During the summer prices surpassed $1.60 a gallon.

"Gas prices have fallen about a dime a gallon since peak times this summer," says Justin McNaull, spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "But it's still 20 to 40 cents a gallon higher than through most of the 1990s."

"And gas prices do impact the cost of service, and can show up in delivery costs for food, commercial products, pizza delivery and taxi cabs. It's the cost of doing business," he adds.

A gallon of unleaded, regular gasoline now costs at average $1.51 in the Washington metro area. It's even higher within the District, at $1.58 a gallon. Last December, the area's average price was $1.29 per gallon.

"The price of gasoline is still up - it didn't drop since the last increase," says Lee Williams, chairman of the commission. "And also the cost of operating vehicles has not decreased in the past few months."

The combined surcharges make cab fares $1 more per trip compared to last year. For instance, a cab ride from Union Station to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport now costs about $11, up from $10 a year ago. …

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