Taxi fares in city and to the airport are going up 20 colons

Taxi fares are going up 2.94 percent for city and rural rides and 3.17 percent for airport taxis.

The Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said it has approved a 20 colons increase for the first kilometer for the licensed red taxis for city, disabled and rural rides. The rate now is 550 colons, about $1.10 based on the current rate of exchange. The new rate will be 570 because of inflation, the authority said.

City rides will also go up 20 colons or about 4 U.S. cents, for each additional kilometer. That means a passenger in the city will pay 570 for each additional kilometer. Those using a service for disabled will also pay 15 colons more for a total of 575. Rural taxis will charge 730 for each additional kilometer, up from 710.

There also are small increases for wait time and for periods when a taxi is trapped in traffic.

Both sedans and microbuses providing airport service go from 810 to 835, about $1.67, for the initial kilometer.

The sedan rate for an additional kilometer will be 720, up from 695. Microbus drivers will charge 835 an additional kilometer, up from 810.

This is the regular rate fixing that takes place twice a year.

Tolls are in addition to the fare that shows up on the taximeter or maría. The new rates go into effect when they are published in the La Gaceta official newspaper.

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