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$15.50 minimum cab fare from Bob Hope Airport approved

September 17, 2011 | 11:30 am

Passengers leaving Bob Hope Airport in a taxi soon will have to pay a $15.50 minimum fare, even if they’re going just a few blocks.

Under a plan approved by city traffic commissioners, the minimum fare takes effect Friday and affects only those who catch a taxi at the airport.

The Burbank Transportation Commission approved the fare in response to taxi drivers who said they were fed up with losing money on short hops to and from the airfield. Many passengers, they say, park in nearby retail parking lots or on city streets and then take a short taxi trip to the airport.

The short trips become a financial burden for taxi drivers, who say they often wait for hours in a queue, only to get a small fare, according to 818 Now.

--Mark Kellam, Times Community News