Rideshare tax rising in Chicago and expected to rise again in near future

Rare | 11/28/2017 | Samantha Malone
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With rideshare apps causing worsening traffic in a city already swarmed with the honking and yelling of impatient drivers, the city of Chicago has decided to implement a tax fee to those rides in an effort to combat the increased usage and get people back to public transportation.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed the fee along with the idea that funds raised from it go to public transportation since many seem to prefer the rideshare apps over options like the L, according to CityLab.

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According to their most recent rider report, the CTA has serviced a decreased population since July of last year. The number of rides reported has seen a 4 percent decrease, leaving the city to lose money as well.

Rideshare users already had to pay a 52 cent fee, but just before Thanksgiving the Chicago city council approved a 15 cent increase to this tax bringing users to a grand total of 67 cents per ride. While the first fee was initiated in 2015, this is the first increase applied to fund public transportation.

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