Chicago ride-share tax takes effect Monday

Mon. January 6, 2020 6:17 AM by News Staff

Chicago now has the highest ride-share tax in the country

Chicago, IL - Uber and Lyft rides in Chicago will be more expensive starting today as a new tax on ride-share services takes effect. 

The new tax is part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's 2020 budget, which passed City Council in November.

Beginning Monday, Chicago's Ground Transportation Tax increases on all single ride-sharing trips from $0.65 per trip to $1.25 per trip. But to encourage use of shared rides, the Ground Transportation Tax does decrease from $0.60 per shared trip.

The biggest jump is for single riders traveling downtown during the peak hours of 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Riders will be charged an additional $1.75 tax per trip. That drops to $0.60 for shared-passenger trips.

Lightfoot said the tax increase is an effort to ease traffic congestion and incentivize use of public transportation.