As if the ride to the airport wasn’t lovely enough, Port Authority is now reportedly considering a $4 “access fee” on all taxis ride to and from the three major NYC-area airports.
The additional funds generated by the fee would be used to pay for improvements at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark. Other major airports in the country, including O'Hare and LAX, have similar fees in place.
Public advocate Letitia James has called out the proposal, saying that it would create even more of burden for New Yorkers. “At a time when access to New York City’s airports is already limited, the Port Authority should be focused on improving public transportation options, not increasing burdens on consumers,” said James. Ride-sharing app Lyft has released a statement in favor of the fee.
If the proposal passes, the extra $4 would start showing up on your airport taxi rides at the beginning of 2018.