Taxi Surcharge Extension To Be Considered

The county Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing Nov. 21 on extending the emergency surcharge on taxicab rides and possibly increasing the rate from $1 to $1.50 a ride.

Supervisors recently approved the $1-a-ride surcharge to offset the high cost of gasoline over the past few months. The surcharge is set to expire Nov. 21 -- the day the board will decide, after the hearing, whether to continue it and possibly increase it.

The drop, distance and waiting time rates charged by Fairfax County taxicabs also were increased July 20. Since then, gasoline prices rose from an average of $2.20 a gallon to more than $3 a gallon and now have dropped below $3.

The hearing will be at the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. The time has not been announced. Residents can sign up to speak by calling 703-324-3151 or sending an e-mail to clerktothebos@fairfaxcounty.gov .

For more information, call 703-222-8435.

By  |  November 18, 2005; 5:17 AM ET  | Category:  Government , Transportation
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