Lyft, Uber Rides To Two D.C. Airports Might Become More Expensive

November 19, 2019
Washington Reagan Airport

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The price of trips to two D.C. airports using ride-hailing services might increase if the local transit agency approves a proposal increasing the fee it charges companies like Uber and Lyft. 

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) proposed an increase in the fee it charges companies at Washington Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

Currently, the transportation network companies pay a $4 fee, but the agency wants to change the fee to $5 effective Jan. 1. 

A fee change hasn’t been introduced since November 2015, when the $4 fee was approved. 

The fee spike, if approved, would likely impact the cost of rides to the airports.

“Uber has raised serious concerns with MWAA for months around this proposed fee increase," a Uber spokesperson said in an email to The Drive. "DCA and IAD are going to have among the highest airport fees in the country. MWAA’s proposed fees would be a 25% increase for customers, but users will not see any appreciable improvement to their experience at those airports.”

The Drive contacted Lyft for comment on the proposed change. 

MWAA said factors like 60 minutes of free parking at Reagan National and the creation of “premium” parking spaces to eliminate curbside congestion at Dulles justify the proposed price increase.

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