Arundel council approves increase in BWI taxi fares


The cost of catching a cab at Baltimore-Washington International Airport will rise by about 16 percent under emergency legislation unanimously approved last night by the Anne Arundel County Council.

The council unanimously passed the first taxi fare increase in nine years at the airport and across the county.

"I'd say it's rather overdue," said Anne M. Hatcher, the county's licensing director.

The initial cost of hailing a taxi will rise by 20 cents to $1.80 ($2.30 at BWI), and the per-mile charge will also rise by 20 cents, to $1.40, making Arundel's taxis among the most expensive in the region.

A 15-mile trip from the airport will cost $23.10. The same trip now costs $19.90.

The change will become law with County Executive Janet S. Owens' signature, but it is expected to take a week for the county to recalibrate every taxi meter.

The county's seven taxi companies -- including BWI Airport Taxi, the only taxi service licensed to pick up passengers at the airport -- have spent the past year working with the county on a fare increase.

Their push gained urgency several months ago when gas prices began to climb. The combination of higher gas prices and stagnant taxi rates generated strong support for an increase among County Council members for emergency legislation. But taxi owners did not get everything they wanted; the county said their initial 20 percent request was too high.

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