Sunday, November 04, 2007

Meter Rates

As "" noted in a comment below, Mayor Fenty has set preliminary rates for meters in DC. The base amount ($4.00 for the first 1/6 of a mile) would make it the highest in the US. The reasoning seems to be a desire to keep downtown trip rates about the same as they are now ($6.50 for most trips around downtown center).

In addition to that, Fenty recommended keeping the rush-hour surcharge (morning & afternoon rush hours, cab rides cost $1 extra in DC). Fenty will hear public comments over the next 60 days. This page can be used for general comments to the Mayor to register your thoughts. The DC taxicab commission will meet on Wed., Dec. 19, 11am on rates & rules. Here is the general contact info page for the commission. Any and everyone with an opinion on meters - contact away!

The change is currently set to go into effect on April Fool's Day. (fun timing there) For those of you wondering what your cost might be, Washingtonian did some estimates:

19th and K sts., NW, to Cannon House Office Building (Independence and New Jersey aves., SE)—3.1 miles.
Meter, $8.75; zone, $6.50.

The Palm restaurant (19th and M sts., NW) to Georgetown (35th and O sts., NW)—1.6 miles.
Meter, $6.50; zone, $8.80.

Four Seasons Hotel (2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW) to the White House—1.4 miles.
Meter, $6.25; zone, $8.80.

Union Station to Dupont Circle (19th and P sts., NW)—3.8 miles.
Meter, $9.75; zone, $6.50.

Tenleytown (4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW) to 15th and K sts., NW—4.1 miles.
Meter, $10.25; zone, $11.

Logan Circle (11th and P sts., NW) to Reagan National Airport—6.6 miles.
Meter, $14; zone, $12.25.

Verizon Center (Sixth and F sts., NW) to Hay-Adams Hotel (16th and H sts., NW)—1.2 miles.
Meter, $6; zone, $6.50.

Adams Morgan (18th St. and Columbia Rd., NW) to RFK Stadium (2400 E. Capitol St., NE)—5 miles.
Meter, $11.75; zone, $11.

Cady’s Alley in Georgetown (3318 M St., NW) to Woodley Park (2800 block of Connecticut Ave., NW)—2.9 miles.
Meter, $8.50; zone, $6.50.


At 4:41 PM, Anonymous ladoña said...

Mayor Fenty's cab fares are higher than rates in New York and other major cities. Sign this petition demanding fair cab rates for DC:

Right now we have a chance to change that. Fenty's proposed rates are not final, and we still have a few days to participate in a public comment period to demand a lower drop rate fare. Sign now:


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