WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The D.C. Taxicab Commission voted to increase cab fares for trips less than five miles and more for long-distance rides.
The commission members unanimously approved proposed new rules to make the DC's cab fares similiar to other jurisdictions and begin the "modernization of the District's taxicab fleet." It also says it will start removing outdated vehicles from service.
The per-mile rate would rise from $1.50 to $2.16. The wait time goes up from $15 per hour to $25, says the commission. The commission also says although the per-mile rates increase, many surcharges -- including those for extra passengers -- will be eliminated.
The proposed rules will be published Dec. 23 for a 30-day comment period. There will be a public hearing on the changes at the Commission's general meeting Jan. 11. The new rates could go into effect Feb. 3.