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Chicago Taxi Cabs May Get More Expensive
ONLY TOURISTS TAKE
TAXI CABS IN CHICAGO,
According to Alderman Ed Burke, he thinks only tourists use cabs and he is asking for a new increase of $1 to be added on to the already high $2.75 for a single passenger, to just step into a cab.
What’s a buck?! “It’s not a big amount.” he says, as he cashes is $3000+ weekly check.
If only tourists take cabs – than pass the buck to THEM.
Allow RESIDENTS with an ID, to waive the $1 surcharge!
“it seems to me to be a painless, easy way to generate about $70 million that we sorely need,” Burke said. “A $1 surcharge isn’t going to hurt anybody in my opinion, and it doesn’t impact Chicago citizens.”
Gilbert Uranta, 50, who has been driving a cab in Chicago for 15 years, threw his hands up in exasperation when he heard about the plan. In Chicago, cabbies pay a $78 per month ground transportation tax and a gasoline tax.
Uranta said that ultimately the added $1 will mean fewer tips for the drivers.
“They are trying to use us to collect their money,” Uranta said. “The driver always loses.”
Read the full article at the Daily Tribune .
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