Small raise proposed for local and airport taxi fares

The nation’s regulatory agency is proposing a 10-colon increase in fares for taxis and also the special service at Juan Santamaría airport.

In both cases, the increase will be around 1 percent.

The  Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos is putting the proposed increases out for public comment. New rates are expected to go into effect in September. The rates usually are increased twice a year.

Standard taxi fares, the so-called flota roja, are now 595 colons for the first kilometer and the same for additional kilometers. The proposal is to increase both these rates. 10 colons is about 2 U.S. cents. Rural taxi rates are a bit higher, but the proposed increase is the same.

Airport taxi fares are now 865 colons, about $1.73, for the first kilometer and 755 colons, $1.51, for subsequent kilometers.

The proposal is to raise each of these 10 colons.

The Autoridad is accepting public comment on the proposal via email and at its offices in Guachipelín de Escazú.

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