A flat rate for Seattle taxicab rides from the downtown hotel district to Sea-Tac Airport has increased from $32 to $40. The new fare took effect today.
The fare is based on the average taximeter fare from the middle of downtown to the airport, according to a city of Seattle news release. The law defines the downtown hotel district as the area between Broad Street, Mercer Street and Interstate 5 on the north, Elliott Bay on the west, South Dearborn Street on the south, and Boren Avenue to I-5 on the east.
Taxi trips from Sea-Tac are still charged by taximeter, though, because King County does not have a flat-rate taxi ride law, according to the release.
The Seattle City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn approved the increase in July. The city first instituted a flat rate tax in 2000 to reassure travelers that they would not be overcharged through an indirect route to the airport, according to a city release.
Taxi fares will likely increase throughout King County on Sept. 10 if the King County Council approves a taximeter rate increase on Sept. 4. If approved, the distance charge would increase fro m$2.50 to $2.70 per mile.
Seattle’s 688 licensed taxicabs are required to charge fares based upon the taximeter rate set by the city.