Article from Reason by Christian Britschgi.

Washington, D.C., just passed a steep tax hike on ridesharing services to pay for its increasingly unpopular, frequently on-fire Metro system.

On Tuesday the D.C. City Council boosted the city’s tax on trips performed by services like Uber, Lyft, and Via from the current 1 percent tax to a full 6 percent, adding 50 cents to a $10 ride.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had proposed a more modest 4.75 percent tax on ridesharing trips back in March. City Councilman Jack Evans—who also chairs Metro’s board (which operates independently of the city government)—sold his colleagues on a higher tax by promising that riders wouldn’t even notice it.

“No one will notice that. No passengers will know because they have no idea what they are going to pay anyway,” said Evans in April. (Evans had previously described the prospect of taxing Uber as “very exciting.”)

Read the entire article at Reason.