NY taxi fares to increase following unanimous vote by commission
Commuters will be spending some extra cash on taxi rides as the Taxi and Limousine Commission voted unanimously to increase fares and give drivers a raise.
This is the first raise for city taxi drivers in around 10 years. The $2.50 starting price is now going up to $3.
Hailing a cab to the airport will also cost you a bit more as well. The flat fare for a trip to John F. Kennedy International Airport will cost $18 more. To get to or from LaGuardia, there will be a new surcharge of $5.
At a commission meeting this week, officials said that cab rides have been on the decline over the last 10 years and were hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. They add that although passenger demand is high, better wages are needed to attract more drivers to the job.
Drivers for ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft will also see a raise of about 7% per minute.
These changes are expected to go into effect by the end of this year.