Public Hearing Scheduled on Winthrop Taxi Fare Hikes

A public hearing regarding the taxi fares charged by Winthrop Taxi is expected to be held during the Town Council meeting on March 5.

Shawn Cluen, owner of Ride Right Transportation, doing business as Winthrop Taxi is seeking a regular fare anywhere in Winthrop to Winthrop to increase from $4 one way to $6 each way. For Winthrop seniors the one-way fare would be increased from $3 to $5. Another perk the taxi company would like to add a “Senior Day” on Wednesdays when seniors pay $4 to anywhere in Winthrop to anywhere in Winthrop.

“The rate increase is necessary due to increased operating costs for insurance, equipment and labor,” Cluen said in a letter to town officials.

They are also taking a hit from ride-share programs like Uber and Lyft.

He noted that he also pays rent in Winthrop, excise tax, fuel is purchased in town, insurances and Massachusetts taxes including unemployment tax.

“Winthrop Taxi is also involved in helping seniors, assisting the town with local events and projects,” Cluen stated.

Senior Center Director Kathryn Dixon said the senior center runs its own 10-passenger van and only charges $3 round trip. “It’ll be good for business,” Dixon said when called.

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