Walnut Creek Cabs Want Fares Raised To Offset Gas

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) - Taxi cab drivers are petitioning the city of Walnut Creek to raise the fares they can charge to help offset rising fuel costs.

The city currently allows cabs to charge $2.50 per mile and a $25-an-hour waiting fee. Taxi operators want that to go up to $3.50 per mile and $35 for an hour of waiting time.

Officials in neighboring Concord recently approved a rate increase for its cab drivers, from $2.50 to $2.75 per mile.

The Walnut Creek Transportation Commission is expected to consider the request from its cabbies by summer's end. The last time taxi fares in the were raised was in 2004.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-07-05-08 1645EDT


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