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Uber, Lyft congestion tax takes effect in Chicago on Monday

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As a reminder, it will cost you more to take a Lyft or Uber in Chicago starting Monday, when the city's congestion tax goes into effect.

Fees will go up on single passenger rides and downtown trips during the week.

RELATED: New laws 2020: Illinois laws, fees that take effect starting January 1

A $1.25 tax will be added on single-passenger trips into the City from the suburbs. That tax drops to $0.65 for shared-passenger trips.

Riders heading into downtown Chicago will be charged an additional $1.75 tax per trip. That tax drops to $0.60 for shared-passenger trips.

The time frame for the downtown congestion tax will be Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

BREAKING DOWN THE NEW CONGESTION TAX

Citywide single

Current: 72 cents

New tax: $1.25

Difference: +53 cents

Citywide shared

Current: 72 cents

New tax: 65 cents

Difference: -7 cents

Downtown zone single

Current: 72 cents

New tax: $1.75

Difference: +$1.03

Downtown zone shared

Current: 72 cents

New tax: $1.25

Difference: +53 cents

Airports, Navy Pier, McCormick Place

Current: $5

Proposed: $5

Difference: Same

CITY OF CHICAGO CONGESTION REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

1. Between 2015 and 2018, the annual number of TNP* trips in Chicago has grown 271 percent, and the TNP miles traveled with passengers have increased 344%.

*TNP stands for Transportation Network Partners, their term for ridesharing companies.

2. Half of all trips citywide begin or end in the downtown area, and nearly a third of those trips both start and end in the downtown area.

3. TNP trips in the downtown area on weekdays between 6am and 10pm increased 309% between 2015 and 2018.

4. Approximately 26 miles of road space is occupied in the downtown area by TNPs during a typical evening rush period

5. TNP trips are a significant contributing factor to CTA ridership loss.

6. The influx of TNP trips during rush periods in the downtown area are a substantial factor impacting CTA bus speeds." (p. 2)

CLICK HERE to read full report

FULL STATEMENT FROM LYFT

"The Mayor's proposal shows a total misunderstanding of what causes congestion and how Chicagoans are moving around the city. By adding on to the highest fees in the nation to rideshare, the Mayor is clearly backtracking on her campaign commitments to not increase fees that hurt low-income Chicagoans most. Lyft will strongly oppose fees that reduce affordability and reliability while doing nothing to improve mobility."

FULL STATEMENT FROM UBER

"The Mayor's proposal amounts to by far the highest ridesharing fee in the country and will take money out of the pockets of riders, who rely on apps to get around, and of drivers -- half of whom live in the south and west sides of the city. As a candidate, the Mayor said she was committed to equity, yet she is proposing to hike taxes by nearly 80% on underserved communities who do not contribute to congestion and lack reliable access to transportation."

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