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Charlotte cab fares won’t rise in 2011

The City of Charlotte’s Passenger Vehicles for Hire Board will not raise cab fares in 2011.

During a meeting Tuesday, the board, which governs taxicabs and limousines that operate in Charlotte, voted unanimously to keep all fares the same as in 2010.

Passengers pay a $2.50 “drop charge” just for getting into a cab, plus another 50 cents for every one-fifth of a mile. Cab drivers can also charge $30 an hour while waiting for a passenger or sitting in traffic between 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. A trip from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport to Center City is set at $25.

Burhan Al-Shaikh, manager of the city’s Passenger Vehicles for Hire Division, surveyed drivers and cab company representatives to determine if fares should be changed. Most of the company representatives said there should not be an increase to the rates.

Tara Ramsey can be reached at tara.ramsey@mecktimes.com.

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