D.C. taxi fare hike

(Photo: John Hendel)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Taxi fares in the District of Columbia are going up.

The 44 percent fare hike taking effect Saturday means the per-mile fare will go from $1.50 to $2.16. The cost for idling will go from $15 to $25 per hour.

Not all cabs will begin charging the new fares right away. Some will need to get their meters recalibrated.

The fare hike is intended to bring taxicab revenues and average prices for riders to levels similar to those before May 2008, when the district moved from a zone-based fare system to a meter-based system.