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New Surcharge In Effect For Taxi Rides

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A taxi stops to let off a passenger on Clark Street downtown. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – Starting today, taking a taxi will cost about 50 cents more due to climbing gas prices.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, an official with the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection says taxi cab riders can expect to pay a $1 fuel surcharge as of Tuesday morning.

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The new fee is on top of an existing 50-cent surcharge, which has been in effect since 2009.

City officials say a law was put in place that called for the increase in the fuel surcharge if gasoline hit $3.20 per gallon for seven consecutive business days.

That has been the case, and riders can now expect to see a yellow sign indicating the increase.

Some drivers continue to complain about the overall fare structure, which they believe needs to be overhauled.