So it appears taxi fares will be going up. The D.C. Taxicab Commission today endorsed raising the per-mile rate from $1.50 to $2.16 — a 44 percent increase that is offset by the fact that the initial “flag drop” remains at $3 and a host of surcharges, including those for luggage and additional passengers, will be eliminated. The increase is paired with moves toward improving cab service, starting with new vehicle age and mileage standards. And as soon as a year from now, commission chair Ron Linton says, credit-card readers will be mandatory equipment in city cabs.
In other news:
City owes man $2.3 million for wrongfully revoking his parole in 1996 (Legal Times)
Man shot by police ID’s as 20-year-old Maryland resident (Homicide Watch)
Heritage India gets to reopen, as a restaurant only (WJLA-TV)
Congrats to the Marshall Heights Bison — Pop Warner pee wee champs! (City Desk)
John Hinckley hearings won’t resume until Jan. 23 (Crime Scene)