Juneau Assembly approves changes to taxi rates and fees

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    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Assembly approved changes to fees and rates for taxi services during their regular meeting Monday.

    The change falls under the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Class A endorsement, which covers taxi rates and fees.

    The flag drop rate increased from $3.40 to $4.00 and the mileage rate increased from $0.22 per one-tenth mile to $0.25 per one-twelfth mile.  

    Two discrete additional fees, the $1.00 Airport to and from fee and $1.50 Cruise Ship Dock fee, were removed.  

    Assemblymember Michelle Hale noted that, while the pandemic has been difficult for taxi companies and drivers, there have been complaints from the public.

    "There are many instances where people are unable to get rides, people arriving at 11 o'clock at night or 10 o'clock at night and there are no taxis," she said. "I wonder at what point we in Juneau might think of looking at our taxi regulations and making sure they actually are keeping pace with the times and maybe taking a look to see if we have to change those taxi regulations."

    "This is something that we look at, at least annually, although this is the second one that we've done recently. I'm in regular communication with one taxi owner in particular, there's a there's only a handful in town, the others certainly are willing to reach out and discuss," Deputy City Manager Robert Barr responded. "Increasing the rate I think is one of those changes that will hopefully enable taxi owners to hire more taxi drivers and make that more economical."

    Hale shared this thought on the requirements to become a taxi driver.

    "I do understand from some in the public that there's a high bar to entry in the taxi field, and I just don't know if maybe we need to be looking at that high bar to entry because we do have a problem and in Juneau with enough taxis and maybe the rate increase will help."

    The changes were approved without objection.

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