Riders would also have to pay 50 cents for each piece of luggage placed in the trunk, a surcharge that had been eliminated in the Commission’s December proposal.

The commission approved the increase Wednesday evening, and the new plan will go into effect in 30 days unless it’s altered.

Mike DeBonis has been following the attempts of D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) to reform D.C.’s taxi service and the commission’s attempts to shut down car service alternative Uber.

Here are related links from his blog:

Taxi fare hike is at least a month away

D.C. taxicab service garners low opinions, survey finds

Uber car service runs afoul of D.C. Taxi Commission

What color would you paint D.C.’s taxi cabs?