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On-base taxis in Uijeongbu and Dongducheon will begin offering capped rates for certain rides and will begin using dollar-based fares on Dec. 3, according to AAFES officials.

The changes are meant to limit fares for certain rides that can grow expensive because of slow-moving traffic along bus routes, according to Ken Limtiaco, the Army and Air Force Exchange Services’ general manager north of Seoul.

Under the new system, the maximum fare for single-stop rides within camps Hovey and Casey, or between the two camps, will be $5, Limtiaco said. Maximum fares for single-stop rides within Camp Red Cloud or Camp Stanley will be $2.

“We are excited to give this to the customer,” Limtiaco said. “Actually, it’s not a bad deal.”

The on-base taxi company, Worldcup Arirang, agreed to the fare caps on certain routes in exchange for a slightly more expensive starting fee. Currently, the starting fare is 2,000 won, or about $2.15.

As of Dec. 3, the starting fare will be $2.50, except for the $2 rides within Camp Red Cloud and Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, AAFES officials said. That initial charge will cover 1,700 meters or five minutes, whichever elapses first.

But, Limtiaco added, Worldcup also agreed to lengthen the time and distance before the meter ticks up. Currently, the meter increases every 60 seconds or 250 meters. As of Dec. 3, the meter will increase by 25 cents for every 90 seconds or 270 meters.

Rides to off-base locations will start at $2.50 and have no cap, Limtiaco said.

Limtiaco said the changes will most benefit soldiers riding between camps Hovey and Casey. Generally, that ride would average about $6. But if the taxi was stuck behind a bus making frequent stops, it could be $8, he said.

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