- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Wednesday extended a $1 surcharge on taxi rides to include trips beyond city limits. Mr. Gray last week imposed the charge on intracity trips to help cabbies offset the cost of high gas prices. That increase went into effect Monday.

Mr. Gray, a Democrat, implemented the increases through an executive order, on the recommendation of the D.C. Taxicab Commission. They will remain in effect until July 27, unless terminated earlier by the commission.

The city last imposed a $1 surcharge in May of 2008 but repealed it about seven months later when gas prices dropped. Arlington County imposed the same charge that year and still has it, according to the mayor’s office.

Other U.S cities have adopted similar or higher-fuel surcharges this year. Atlanta imposed a $2 charge that took effect in February, and Chicago imposed $1 charge that took effect in January.

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