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Ocean City Cab Industry Proposes Fare Hike

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- If you ever use a taxi while spending time in Ocean City, you soon could be paying a little more.

Several cab companies are proposing a fare increase. Right now the initial fare is at $3.20 and $2.20 per mile after that but cab drivers want to add another $1.60 to the extra mile rate.

However, cab driver Charles Stooksbury said the $2.20 a mile rate is not cutting it for him and many other cab drivers in the beach town.

"They have reached a point now where they can't feed their children, they are living in homeless shelters they are eating in city soup kitchens," Stooksbury said. "Nowadays even on a summer's night in July business is not what it was. Up at the taxi line at Seacrets, eight years ago, you pulled in there you were not in there for more than 15 minutes. Now even in July you sit there for an hour and a half and there's no volume."

WBOC called a few cab companies around the region to check and compare cab fares. We found that in Washington D.C. the per mile rate is at $2.16; in Baltimore it's anywhere from $2.20 to $2.50; and in Philadelphia it's $2.70. 

Ruth Scotty of northeast Pennsylvania said she often visits the beach town and believes the proposed increase is too much.

"When you are on vacation, money just flies out of your pocket," Scotty said. "So finding the cheaper alternative so you could spend money elsewhere is probably one of the biggest things that a tourist will consider."

Town Councilman Brent Ashley said while he sees where the cab industry is coming from, there is no telling if their wish will be granted.

"Obviously, we see the cost of business going up, all cost is going up," Ashley said. "So I think the council would be opened to looking at all the data that is supplied before we make a final decision to possibly increase their rates."

Taxi operators will submit this proposal to the town police commission on March 10. which then goes before the council for a final decision. 


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