Taxi rates could rise

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Changes to Title 5 of the Jackson municipal code which took effect yesterday impacts what riders will pay in the town for taxi rides. The Town has regulated taxi fares since 2008, and this update includes the creation of a “Zone System” for ground transportation.

This new system includes a maximum fare that can be charged, allowing taxis to charge $4.00 for additional passengers above four persons, and it utilizes an average rate of $3.15 per mile.

Nationally, the average cost per mile for taxis falls between $2.50 and $3.50. These updates will ensure customers have predictable fares and that taxi company owners and drivers have reasonable returns.

Town Council recognizes that taxis provide convenience and safe transportation options for residents and visitors and mitigate the need for visitors to rent vehicles.

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