Town sets taxi rates

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 01:46 PM

The Town of Chapel Hill’s new flat rates for taxi service went into effect Jan. 1, meaning riders will have a better idea of how much a taxi will cost for short rides in the downtown area.
The rates came as a result of a petition filed by former UNC Student Body President Mary Cooper.
The new rules set a flat rate between $6 and $8 for an area that extends to a one and a half mile radius around the Chapel Hill central business district. The zone includes the central business district, most of the main campus of UNC and a large residential area north of Rosemary Street to North Estes Drive. The western edge of the zone is at the Carrboro city limits.
The Uniform Taxi Fare Schedule for the Flat Rate Zone is $6 per trip for one or two passengers but not crossing over both Franklin and Rosemary streets and $8 per trip for one or two passengers and crossing over both Franklin and Rosemary streets. There is a $2 additional passenger fee for more than two passengers for both rates.
The town manager may also designate a special event rate of $5 per passenger for UNC and Chapel Hill events.
Taxi stands are located at the bus stops near the Carolina Coffee Shop on the 100 block of Franklin Street and across from the Italian Pizzeria III at 506 W. Franklin St. Taxis will be able to park at those bus stops when buses are not in service from 11:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.