Passengers leaving Bob Hope Airport in a taxi soon will have to pay a $15.50 minimum fare, even if they’re going just a few blocks.
Under a plan approved by city traffic commissioners, the minimum fare takes effect Sept. 23 and impacts only those riders who catch a taxi at the airport.
The short trips become a financial burden for taxi drivers, who say they often wait for hours in a queue, only to get a small fare.
‘This is not good for the taxi driver to just collect $10,” said Albert Shamirian, taxi coordinator at the airport.
Taxis originating from the Los Angeles International Airport currently charge $15 minimum fee, plus a $4 surcharge that funds improvements to taxi facilities and dispatch systems at LAX.
The new minimum fare at Bob Hope Airport replaces a rate structure made up of an initial $2.50 charge for the first 1/9 mile or 37 seconds, and 30 cents for each additional 1/9 mile or 37 seconds of wait time or traffic delay. Each ride carries a flat $2.50 gasoline surcharge.