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Mayor Gray Staunchly Rejects Cab Hikes For Playoff Games

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File photo of Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray (Photo Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

File photo of Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray (Photo Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) -A dispute that erupted Wednesday between D.C. officials and the taxicab commission over how transportation will be handled to and from Nationals playoff games seems to be settled.

The D.C. taxicab commission approved a one dollar per passenger surcharge on Wednesday which would start two hours prior to game time and run until 4 a.m. the next day.

But when Mayor Vincent Gray was informed of the playoff-exclusive fare hike he said no way.

Taxicab commission chairman Ron Linton says there’s really no incentive for the cab drivers to cover other areas of the city outside of Nats Park during playoff games, where there will be a high concentration of customers for the drivers all night.

He says the dollar-a-person plan was implemented so drivers will focus on the entire District during home games, but added the mayor’s backlash to the addition was enough for him to kill the idea on the spot.

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