Nevada Taxicab Authority keeps rates steady

Las Vegas Sun

Taxis are seen queued up at McCarran International Airport on Friday, March 22, 2013.

Taxi rates will remain at current levels after the Nevada Taxicab Authority agreed today to stand pat in the board’s annual review of rates and medallion distributions.

The board also decided not to issue new medallions — the licensing required to operate a cab.

The board last raised mileage rates in 2011, when it added a 20-cent-per-mile fuel surcharge to the rate of $3.30 for the initial cost, then 20 cents per each one-thirteenth of a mile, or $2.60 per mile.

In July, the board raised the fee for pickups at McCarran International Airport from $1.80 to $2. Wait times, calculated whenever a cab is traveling at less than 12 mph, remained at $30 an hour.

For the first eight months of 2013, the number of taxi trips operated in Clark County is down 2.4 percent to 18.1 million, but average revenue per trip is up 1.5 percent to $14.68.