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This means that passengers will pay an increased starting rate from $3.10 to $3.50, when entering a cab. The flag drop meter increase comes on top of a previous distance and time rate increase approved in May.
According to the SF Examiner, the total increases will mean that a three mile cab ride with a three minute wait time will go up from $10.75 to $12.85. And, according to The Sacramento Bee, an average trip from downtown San Francisco to SFO will go up from about $35.00 to $41.00.
The rate increase was approved by the Board unanimously. It is the first raise that taxi drivers in San Francisco have received in eight years, and will reportedly go into effect in about 30 days.
The MTA also voted overwhelmingly to issue 87 new medallions. This will will include 50 "single operator" medallions, 35 full-time regular medallions, and 2 electric taxi vehicle medallions.
Director Bruce Oka was the dissenting vote in a 6-1 majority vote, citing the new 50 "single operator" medallions as the grounds to oppose. He was in favor of more full-time cabs. Oka had also previously said in a May 17th Board meeting that a meter increase should not be granted without a gate increase to the cab companies.
(MTA spokesperson Paul Rose told the Bay City News that the paperwork will be complete for the issuance of the 85 new taxi medallions in 90 days. The Bay City News article is published in the Bay Citizen)