Taxi fares could rise under city plan

Minneapolis taxi rates would increase under an ordinance proposed by City Councilmember Dan Niziolek (10th Ward).

Pam Selinksi, supervisor of traffic control and taxi inspections, said the current charges, set in the ordinance, are:

– $2.50 for the "flag drop" or initial charge

– $1.60 per mile

– $4 minimum fare

Selinski said the proposal would change those to:

– $2.95 for the flag drop

– $1.70 per mile

– $5 minimum fare

For example, a three-mile trip would cost $8.05, compared to $7.30 today. The $21-an-hour waiting fee would not change.

The city had not raised rates since 2000, with the exception of the 50-cent flag drop increase in November, a surcharge to reflect rising gas prices.

The city reviews fares every two years, Selinski said. The industry asked for the most recent review. "What we are trying to do is bring them more in alignment with other places in the United States and at the same time, not increase the rates so much that people can't afford the service," she said.

Niziolek introduced the ordinance at the July 22 Council meeting. It was referred to the Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee that Niziolek chairs.

The date of the committee meeting tackling the issue was not available at press time. The Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee has tentatively set a public hearing date for Wednesday, Aug. 10. The committee meeting starts at 1:30 p.m.