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Taxi Commission Mulls Fare Increase September 14, 2006

Posted by farshadf in NYC, Uncategorized.


Some the taxi fare increase may be afoot, as the Taxi and Limousine Commission is discussing a possible fare increase. The last increase was in 2004 – you can see the changes in this post – and TLC Commissioner Matthew Daus says that the agency wants to institute “moderate increases” every few years. The biggest change would be to increase the fare for when a taxi idles in traffic; right now, drivers charge 20 cents per minute, but it could be doubled to 40 cents per waiting minute. The Daily News says that a 2.8 mile ride with five minutes of waiting time would “translate into a fare increase of about $1,” with the total being $9.65. The hourly waiting time works out to $12/hour currently, which really isn’t that much when you think about the gas and upkeep costs drivers have to deal with.

The other change would be to institute a $45 flat fee from Manhattan to JFK Airport. There’s a $45 fee already for JFK-to-Manahttan trips. We suppose that some early morning trips to JFK from Manhattan don’t add up to $45, but $45 would still be competitive with other car service offerings. Commissioner Daus says the flat fee wouldn’t affect the driver as much as making it easier for the passenger.




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