Three Massachusetts lawmakers are joining with a regional planning advocacy group to call for higher fees for ride-hailing companies like Uber
The advocates say the higher fees could help reduce traffic and raise revenue for cities and towns to invest in transportation projects.
The Democratic lawmakers — Sen. Brendan Crighton of Lynn and Reps. Jay Livingstone of Boston and Cambridge and Adrian Madaro of Boston — filed the bill along with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to increase fees imposed on so-called transportation network companies. Current fees are 20 cents per ride.
The bill would create a fee structure of 6.25 percent of each ride for single-rider trips, or 4.25 percent for shared trips.
The money would be split between the municipality where a ride originated, the state and a taxi industry fund.