SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / KCBS) — San Francisco transportation officials on Tuesday decided to raise taxi cab rates in the city to heights unseen in other parts of the nation.

The Municipal Transportation Agency’s board on Tuesday approved raising meter rates by 50 cents a mile, and rates for traffic delays or waiting times by 10 cents per minute.

The starting rate was also raised by 40 cents, to $3.50.

Proposals to add a fuel surcharge and a fee for dispatch requests were defeated.

SFMTA Chief Financial Officer Sonali Bose said the passed meter increases cannot be put into action until after July 1.

Once the increases do take effect, only Boston and San Diego will have higher cab fares.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Chris Sweis, chair of the taxi advisory council and manager of Royal Cab Company, defended the meter increases as justified because the cost of the taxi business has gone up and the last meter increase was in 2003.

Board member Malcolm Heinicke acknowledged that it had been eight years since the last fare increase for cab drivers but added that he also hoped to see “service improvements” along with the fare increases.

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Comments (12)
  1. let'sthink says:

    Great idea! Let’s do everything we can to encourage people to take a cab when they’ve been drinking!!

  2. zagwee says:

    Why not, everything else (except the amount of money we make) is going up. So why not cab fares.

  3. dan says:

    This city is taxing the heck out of everybody! Gavin Newsom your the king of taxation!

    When you run for Governor; us taxpayers will be waiting for you.

    1. alex says:

      And this have to do with Gavin Newsom how?

  4. Johnny says:

    This is why I am now starting my own “ride” service in the Mission and will charge less and actually get you to your destination quickly. When you are unemployed in SF for as long as i’ve been, you gotta do what you gotta do. Look for my new Twitter account to book me. F-U SF !

  5. Moi says:

    This is the reason that San Francisco is one of the few “major cities” in the U.S. to be losing more people and businesses than they draw! They are taxing themselves out of business. It started with cruise ships (all who were based in SF moved out) and many of them refuse to call in SF or will only stay a few hours because of the high docking charges and the over paid longshoreman workers who are the rudest in the nation.

  6. SFCARE says:

    I like to see all those Yuppies? taking out! there wallets the next morning? and asking them selfs wow ! how much fun did I really have last night? Come to the Mission U drunks ! come and be taken$ 4 all your worth! and just 4 kicks U can be mugged! too !.”hell I guess if you have it?” why the hell not right? I just pray that the only ones that R not Mugged ? are real Sanfranciscans and not those FCKRS that just came to town and bought a Condo!

  7. Eric says:

    I will pay it if it means more taxis. Waiting 30-40 minutes on a cab in a city that is only 7×7 is what gives me the irks.

  8. Anne says:

    You give us few parking spaces and make is unrealistic to own a car in the city. Then you raise Muni rates and their moral and services suffer. Now you raise the cab fares higher than anywhere else in the country?????

    SAN FRANCISCO IS BEGINNING TO REALLY SUCK AS FAR AS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE. Between the homeless’ constant begging to the city officials always padding their own pockets….I, for one, am sick of paying for it.

  9. tomfitzg says:

    Does this mean we will can use a credit card to pay without the drivers yelling at us??

  10. Dean Clark says:

    The concern I have is we are rewarding people who drive taxi, when a lot of the drivers do not even pay taxes?????

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