N.O. City Council approves taxicab fare increases

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A vote by the New Orleans City Council on Thursday will pave the way for an increase in the city's taxicab fare structure.

The minimum taxicab meter fare will remain at $3.50, which will allow passengers to travel one eighth of a mile. The cost for each additional one-eighth mile will increase from $0.25 to $0.30.

During special events, passengers traveling to or from the Fogelman Arena at Tulane University, Superdome, Nat Keifer UNO Lakefront Arena, Southern University of New Orleans Gymnasium, Xavier Field House, Saenger Theatre, City Park Stadium, Pan American Stadium, or the New Orleans Fair Grounds and Race Course will be charged $7 per person, up from $5, or the metered fare, whichever is greater.

For trips to or from Armstrong Airport, the fare for one or two people will be $36, a $3 increase; for three or more passengers, the fare will be $15 per person, a $1 increase.

The taxicab fare to or from the New Orleans Lakefront Airport to or from any location in the area bounded by Galvez Street, Esplanade Avenue, the Mississippi River and Jackson Avenue for one or two passengers will be $25, a $3 increase. The new fare for three or more passengers fare will be $10 per person, a $1 increase.

Whenever a taxicab is chartered by the hour, the rate will be $35 per hour, with a two-hour minimum. This is up from $32.

In a prepared statement released after the council vote, District "D" Councilmember Brossett explained, "Taxi drivers haven't received a fare increase since 2009. It is the right thing to do to help these hard-working citizens earn a decent living while transporting our citizens in comfort and with professionalism."

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