Metered taxicab fares in 40 major U.S. cities

On April 21, D.C. cab fares will increase from $1.50 to $2.16 per mile and the wait-time rate will jump from $15 to $25 an hour. Additional fees for luggage handled by the operator remain in effect, but other fees for pets and personal service will be eliminated. The $1 fuel surcharge is authorized through June 20.

Previously D.C. had the cheapest rates among 40 major U.S. cities. The new fare elevates D.C. cab prices to the middle of the pack. Read related article.

Total taxi fare for one passenger in select U.S. cities

$3.55 to $4.99
$5 to $9.98
$10 to $19.85
$20 to $29.85
$30 to $39.90
$40 to $49.79
Distance traveled (miles), roll over for total fare

Note: Total cost is calculated by adding the cost-per-mile charge to the initial fare - the cost to sit in the taxicab. Cost-per-mile charge and initial fare varies by city. Totals do not include a charge for wait time, an additional cost the meter calculates when a cab is sitting idle or moving at slow speeds, or other charges such as luggage.

Sources: City ordinances, cab companies, Council for Community and Economic Research, MapQuest. By Todd Lindeman and Sisi Wei - The Washington Post. Published Nov. 4, 2011. Updated April 19, 2012.