Catching a cab to cost more

June 8, 2009 (CHICAGO) The fuel surcharge kicks in whenever gas prices are above $2.70 a gallon for seven consecutive days. That happens at midnight Tuesday.

Gas prices in the city are more than $3 a gallon. According to AAA, the average price in the city is $2.94. Last month it was $2.42.

While in the taxicab, passengers should look for an orange sign displayed in the seating area of the taxicab announcing this surcharge. Without this sign, drivers are not permitted to collect the fee.

    The following rates are currently in effect when entering a Chicago taxicab:
  • The flag pull or initial charge to enter a cab is $2.25 for the first 1/9 mile.
  • The additional fraction of a mile charge is $.20 for each additional 1/9 mile.
  • Every 36 seconds of time elapsed is $.20; the flat fee for the first additional passenger is $1.00; the flat fee for each additional passenger, after the first additional passenger is $.50.

Drivers filling up in the city pay more because of federal, state, and city taxes.

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