The taxi fare hike goes into effect today
Check the pricing information on the door of your cab very carefully this month, because starting today taxis can charge the increased fares the city approved this summer.
While the base price of $2.50 remains the same, every addition fifth of a mile, or 60 seconds stuck in traffic, will now cost 50 cents, up from 40 cents. Trips between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Manhattan jump up to $52 from $45. The Metropolitan Transit Authority will tax every ride—including to or from JFK—an additional 50 cents as well. The average fare—a three-mile trip—will increase from about $12 to approximately $14.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission approved the fare hike, the first in six years, on July 12. Not a single cab rider spoke against the fare hike at the two public hearings, according to the New York Daily News—in part because all of the extra money go to the cab drivers themselves.
Taxi drivers have until Sept. 30 to update their meters and the markings on the outside of their cars, at which point they can begin to charge the 17-percent increase.
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