Taxi fare rate increases 20 cents
EVERETT - It’s going to cost more to hail a cab, but drivers say they need it to survive.
The City Council approved letting taxi companies charge $2.50 per mile, up from their current rate of $2.30 per mile.
Cab drivers haven’t had a raise in four years. The city regulates taxi rates.
The new rate of $2.50 per mile puts Everett closer in line to nearby cities, although it’s still cheaper than Seattle’s rate of $2.70 per mile. The standard $2.50 drop fee will stay the same.
The increase raises the cost of a trip from downtown Everett to Sea-Tac Airport from about $100 to about $110.
Cab drivers asked for the increase to help cover the cost of living. Most cab drivers are independent contractors who rent their cab each day from the taxi companies and pay their own gas, said two experienced cab drivers who came before the City Council earlier this month.
The City Council also appears poised to delve into the city’s taxi regulations after the two cab drivers raised other issues, such as a claim that taxi drivers from King County are trying to take business in Everett.
Unlike Seattle, Everett does not restrict how many taxis are on the streets. In the past 12 years, two new companies from outside of Everett divided the playing field. There are now about 120 taxis registered with the city.
The city stopped restricting how many taxis are registered in Everett after a company threatened to sue the city about the limit, chief administration officer Debra Bryant said last week.
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