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City Committee Recommends $1 Taxi Surcharge

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Hailing a taxi in Raleigh could soon cost more after a city committee Tuesday recommended adding a surcharge to cab rides.

The Raleigh City Council's Budget and Economic Development Committee decided Tuesday to add a $1 surcharge to taxi rates through Dec. 31 to offset higher gasoline prices.

The decision comes after taxi drivers asked the City Council, which is responsible for setting cab rates, to add a $2 surcharge and to raise rates in January.

The Budget and Economic Development Committee's recommendation will now go to the City Council for a full vote at its next meeting Oct. 18. If approved, it would then take about two days before the surcharge would take effect, a city representative said.

The committee will also review taxi rates again in January.

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