Taxi and Uber rides are expected to become more expensive under city proposal

For the first time in a decade, the city plans to raise yellow cab meter fares and surcharges to help ease the pain caused by inflation and high gas prices eating away at drivers’ incomes. Taxi.

“We need more money because everything costs more,” said taxi driver Raymond Germain, an immigrant from Haiti who has been driving for 36 years. “I used to put gas for 25, 30 dollars every day. But now it cost me double.

And yet Germain says he and his fellow taxi drivers wonder what higher prices and fees mean for the number of passengers he carries in his back seat.

What do you want to know

  • This is the first taximeter fare increase in a decade

  • The proposal includes a flat rate of $65 for trips between Manhattan and John F. Kennedy Airport, up from $52 previously.

  • TLC is also offering a new $5 surcharge for all taxi rides to and from LaGuardia Airport.

He’s already hearing from passengers balking at existing $2.50 trips under 96th Street in Manhattan — with another congestion charge for all cars traveling under 60th Street on the horizon.

“We’re scared of the increase because people on the street, locals, are going to say it’s too much now,” he said.

According to the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, average passenger fares will increase by 23%, while driver compensation will rise by a third by raising metered fares.

Additionally, there will be an increase to several existing surcharges, including a peak hour fee of $2.50, up from $1.

And rides to the airport will become more expensive, with a flat rate of $65 for rides between Manhattan and John F. Kennedy International Airport, up from $52 previously.

And, for the first time, a new $5 surcharge for all taxi rides from LaGuardia Airport.

Meanwhile, Uber and Lyft will see an increase in their driver pay rates.

Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which represents yellow and app-based drivers, said this increase, along with debt relief for drivers with medallions, will also benefit passengers – encouraging more drivers to hit the road.

“New York City has 13,560 medallion taxis. At the moment only 7,500 are even on the road,” she said, “we need to get the rest of the cars back on the road.

“I think tourists and business travelers, people who use taxis, appreciate that the drivers really need a fare adjustment,” said James Parrott of the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School. . .

Parrott co-authored a report on the taxi industry that led to the first minimum wage for app drivers.

“I think there will be, to some degree, an acceptance of that and it won’t cause a big drop in demand for taxi rides otherwise,” he said.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is taking public comment, with a public hearing scheduled for October 6.

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