Atlanta City Council approves ordinance to raise taxi cab fares

ATLANTA — It now costs more to catch a cab in Atlanta.

The Atlanta City Council voted to increase fares to compete with rideshare companies Uber and Lyft.

The council approved the ordinance today.

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It sets a minimum of $10 per trip.

It will also raise cab fares from $2.50 for the first one-eighth of a mile to $3.50.

Each additional one-eighth mile will increase from $0.25 to $0.35.

Waiting time will increase from $21 an hour to $24.

The ordinance stated, “Members of the taxicab industry are requesting to increase the taxi fares in order to have competitive rates compared to other ridesharing companies.”


The ordinance also states for each additional passenger in excess of one riding in the vehicle on the same trip, $2 per person will be charged.

Only one child in the company of an adult will be charged the additional passenger fee. Any additional children will not be charged the fee and children under age six will not be charged.

Once the gasoline price for regular unleaded fuel has averaged between $2.90 and $4.39 over a 14 consecutive day period, there will be a fuel surcharge of $2 per trip imposed.

Taxi cabs that originate from the Atlanta airport will add a charge of $1.50.

To read more details on the ordinance, click here.

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