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New York City - Taxi Fares To Increase This Sunday

Published on: November 1, 2009 10:40 AM
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New York City - Starting this Sunday, an extra 50-cent surcharge will be added on all taxi rides.

The fare hike was passed by the state Legislature back in May as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $2.3 billion bailout plan.

The money collected will help fund mass transit.

Starting at 12:01 Sunday, all cab fares will include a 50-cent tax – increasing the base taxi fare from $2.50 to $3.

All cabs are required to have a sticker posted on the passenger doors alerting riders of the fare increase.

Some cab drivers who spoke with NY1 said they are concerned they will not get as many passengers with the increased fare. Passengers say that’s definitely a possibility.

“It’s going to be affected, because it’s going to be too much [money],” said one driver. “Like after 4 o’clock, it’s going to be almost $5 just sitting in the car.”

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“Why are we paying for the MTA?” asked another cab driver. “We don’t have any benefits from the government. So this is not good.”

“I’ve lived in New York for 11 years, I tried to take the subway all the time,” said a passenger. “I’m only taking a cab because work is paying for it. So I think it’s awful. I think they’re high enough already.”

“I don’t think it’s necessary or fair to make people taking cabs support people taking the subway, because maybe they don’t take the subway, and they’re already increasing fares on the subway,” said another.

However, there are those who say the surcharge will not stop them from hailing a cab – especially at odd hours.

“It’s starting to get hard, but [the fees] probably won’t stop me,” said one frequent cab rider. “Sometimes it’s hard to wait for the bus, so probably not.”

“I think the average person, a hardworking person like myself, really wouldn’t care,” said another. “It wouldn’t matter to us, at least for me.”

And although the fare hike was not supposed to take effect until this weekend, the Taxi and Limousine Commission says some cabs mistakenly charged the extra fee on a couple of days last week.

Meters from two suppliers accidentally put the 50-cent surcharge into effect a week early.

The mixup affected 288 meters, and about 4,000 trips were overcharged.

The errors were discovered in time to limit the number of affected cabs to about two percent.

The TLC says it’s made arrangements for the companies who make the meters to refund the overcharges.

If you believe you were overcharged, you can call 311 or submit a claim at nyc.gov/tlc .

The MTA is planning another fare hike in 2011 as part of the deal approved by state lawmakers.


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 Nov 01, 2009 at 12:57 PM Anonymous Says:

stupidity. if i want to give my $ to the mta i will take a train or bus.
why be penalized for taking a cab.
the tips will go down.

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 Nov 02, 2009 at 03:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Instead of increasing the taxi fares, perhaps the MTA should start making their employees and officials start PAYING for their metro cards. People who work for companies like Showtime and HBO don't get free cable. Why should these people get a free ride while we pay more?

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 Nov 03, 2009 at 10:20 AM pickled onions Says:

Where is bloomberg in all of this?
What a shandeh - we elected a rich guy to waste our money on his expensive taxi rides. This is a tax on poor people !

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 Nov 03, 2009 at 10:40 AM Handy Says:

Reply to #3  
pickled onions Says:

Where is bloomberg in all of this?
What a shandeh - we elected a rich guy to waste our money on his expensive taxi rides. This is a tax on poor people !

So typical of people like you to start blaming Bloomberg when things don't go the way you want them to. Perhaps you should start accepting some of the blame once and a while. You'll be a better person for it.

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