D.C.'s $15 taxi storm fee ends at noon

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Photo - Taxis (Examiner file photo)
Taxis (Examiner file photo)
Local,Transportation,Liz Essley

The $15 surcharge that D.C. taxis have been allowed to charge riders during the storm ends at noon Tuesday, said D.C. Taxicab Commission chairman Ron Linton.

The commission will not renew the $15 emergency fee -- charged on top of normal taxi rates -- Linton said early Tuesday.

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Linton authorized the fee on Monday. The surcharge, normally reserved for snow emergencies, was added as an incentive for taxis to provide service during Hurricane Sandy and to encourage people to stay off the streets if they could, he said.

"It's to keep people from just using cabs for no important reason," he said. "But you got to keep some cabs out there for some people who really need them."

Meanwhile, a local tech start-up is paying the $15 fee for riders if they use their app to summon a taxi.

Riders can download the Hitch! app, then book a taxi using the SANDY promotion code to get $15 off, said company spokesman Blake Bassett.

lessley@washingtonexaminer.com

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