(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council this week approved an increase in rates for the city’s shared ride taxi service. The city recently renewed its contract with Running Inc., and service costs went up 20-percent since last year from $30 to $36 per hour. In consultation with service provider, the proposal adopted is for a 50-cent, across-the-board increase, with a few exceptions
. Ridership drops off after 10pm, so a special $6 fare will go into effect at that time. The rate for an agency to transport a disabled customer will increase from $7 to $10, to be more reflective of actual costs. Last month alone agencies arranged for 214 such rides. When an agency needs a piece of equipment returned, like a wheelchair, that rate is increasing from $3 to $10.
Administrative Committee Chair Zach Zopp notes that the rates in Beaver Dam are still lower than in other communities. The last time the city increased taxi rates was 2004. The new rates will take effect on May 1.