The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has announced that, beginning Jan 30, 2017, the starting fare of all taxis in Tokyo will be 430 yen from the current 730 yen in an effort to provide an easier and more comfortable way for people to get around the city.

The ministry tested the cheaper starting fare during the summer. Forty taxis from 23 taxi companies took part in the test which involved taxis waiting outside Shimbashi, Asakusa and Shinjuku stations, as well as the University of Tokyo Hospital, Fuji TV reported.

Based on the results of the test, the ministry decided to implement the new starting fare for all taxis in Tokyo’s 23 wards as well as the cities of Musashino and Mitaka.

The new starting fare covers the first 1.059 kilometers. After that, the fare will go up by 80 yen for every increment of 237 meters, compared to the current 90 yen for 280 meters. Currently, the 730 starting fare lasts for two kilometers.

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