HOUSTON – The Houston City Council approved hikes in limousine and taxi rates. The minimum two-hour limousine rate increases 40%, from $50 to $70. Limousine operators can include taxes, surcharges and tips into this $70 total.
The taxi fare increases, sought by the industry to compensate for higher fuel prices, are on a graduated scale by trip length: a one-mile trip remains $4, for example, while a 20-mile ride rises from $35.35 to $38.20.
The measure is in effect, but taxi drivers have 60 days to recalibrate their meters before charging the new rates. Also increased are flat rates for taxi trips from Houston airports.