Individuals taking Uber and Lyft to and from the Anchorage and Fairbanks airports can be charged $three per journey beneath a brand new charge scheduled to take impact subsequent month.
The state is about to enact the proposed payment beginning Feb. 1, “nevertheless consideration can be given to written public feedback filed in response to the discover,” wrote Shannon McCarthy, spokeswoman for the Alaska Division of Transportation and Public Amenities. Public remark have to be submitted by four:30 p.m. Jan. 31.
The charge might be levied on “transportation community corporations” akin to Uber and Lyft, wrote McCarthy.
Uber and Lyft are app-based mostly transportation providers by way of which individuals can hail a experience utilizing their smartphones. In June, Gov. Invoice Walker signed a invoice permitting the businesses to function in Alaska.
The businesses will cost riders the payment, which can routinely be added to every journey fare. Uber and Lyft in flip can pay the airports.
The brand new charge doesn’t have an effect on taxis. Cabs and limousines already pay an annual charge of $seventy five for an airport allow, in response to McCarthy.
For now, the brand new charge solely applies to the Ted Stevens Anchorage Worldwide Airport and Fairbanks Worldwide Airport, that are run by the state as a single entity. Different state-owned airports might enact comparable expenses sooner or later, McCarthy wrote.
Income from the charges shall be used to take care of and function the 2 airports, McCarthy wrote.
Charges for Uber and Lyft riders are widespread in airports across the nation. In Washington state, all airports have charged a $four charge for riders since 2015, The Washington Publish reported. Some airports in different elements of the nation cost decrease charges, from $1.25 to $2.seventy five, in accordance with the report.
Alaska officers arrived on the $three charge after researching what different states have executed, in line with McCarthy.
Scott Coriell, communications supervisor for Lyft, stated in an e mail that “we sit up for partaking additional with state officers on this difficulty and dealing towards a charge that’s truthful, affordable, and according to airports of an analogous measurement.”
Nathan Hambley, an Uber spokesman, wrote in an e mail that the corporate was “supportive of a per-journey payment on the Anchorage and Fairbanks airports and are presently working with airport authorities to find out the suitable quantity and construction of that charge.”