Reilly argues that most people using ride-hailing services are tourists, and that the fee won't be passed on to residents. - Photo via Via.

Reilly argues that most people using ride-hailing services are tourists, and that the fee won't be passed on to residents.

Photo via Via.

In an effort to help alleviate traffic congestion in Chicago, Alderman Brendan Reilly proposed on Friday a ride-hailing cap and congestion fee for Uber, Lyft, and Via vehicles, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Currently, the city charges a 72-cent fee on all ride-hailing rides. Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Planning Council and seven other transportation groups sent a letter to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot regarding the fee. They argued that it is not high enough to "support the goals of equity and reducing congestion and green-house emissions.”

Reilly's call for a ride-hailing cap and congestion fee is modeled after a similar policy in New York City, which went into permanent effect in August. He argues that most people using ride-hailing services are tourists, and that the fee won't be passed on to residents.

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