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Fairfax supervisors consider additional relief for taxi drivers | news/fairfax

Fairfax County supervisors are set to hold a public hearing on June 28 to consider a proposed emergency taxi fuel surcharge of $2 per trip to offset the impact of soaring fuel costs.

Acting at the request of Old Dominion Transportation Group Inc., supervisors approved a $1 per ride surcharge on April 12, which is set to expire June 11. This surcharge was designed to cover fuel prices up to $4.30 per gallon for regular gasoline. ; the average price per gallon in the Washington metro area at the time of approval was $4.06.

But the average cost of gasoline in Fairfax County is now $4.73 a gallon, which if maintained would cost taxi drivers an average of $295 more per month, or $3,544 dollars a year, according to the county staff briefing note.

The proposed surcharge would remain in effect for six months, unless canceled earlier by supervisors.

If approved, passengers on an average trip 8 miles long would pay $22.78, or 9.6% more than the previous $20.78, county officials said.

“While the percentage increase [would be] proportionately much higher for short haul fares, the enactment of an emergency taxi fuel surcharge will incentivize taxi drivers to seek out short hauls, and thus provide better service to the community,” wrote county staff.

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