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Ubers and taxis in NYC are about to get a price hike

Ubers and taxis in NYC are about to get a price hike
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Catching a ride in Manhattan is about to get slightly more expensive.

On Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature approved a $168 billion budget for the fiscal year 2019, which includes a new surcharge for Ubers and taxis that operate in the busiest parts of the island. Under the updated measure, any rides taken below 96th Street in Manhattan with a for-hire vehicle service like Uber or Lyft will include an additional $2.75 fee, and taxi trips will come with a new $2.50 fee. Carpooling services operating in the area will see a modest surcharge of 75 cents.

The move comes a little more than two months after the Cuomo-appointed Fix NYC Advisory Panel issued a report advocating for congestion pricing in Manhattan’s Central Business District, which would require any and all drivers operating below 60th Street during the day to pay tolls ranging from $11.52 to $25.34. The new surcharge is not nearly as extensive as the proposals laid out in that report, but Cuomo asserted in a press conference over the weekend that it is just “phase one of the congestion pricing plan.”

The new surcharges will generate an estimated $415 million in annual revenue, according to the governor’s office. All that money will go straight into an MTA "lockbox" that will be put toward funding the authority’s Subway Action Plan. Conveniently enough, that figure accounts for almost exactly half of the plan’s $836 million price tag. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have been quibbling for nearly a year about the city picking up the other half of its tab—De Blasio reportedly budged on Monday. 

The budget also includes a few other measures that will affect transportation in New York City, including 50 new bus lane enforcement cameras and a plan to install new safety infrastructure at Penn Station. But for most New Yorkers, tacking a couple bucks onto their Uber bill is the big-ticket item here. Here’s hoping that the cost of a MetroCard doesn’t go up as well (it almost certainly will next year). 

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 Quick simple calculation.  Say that the MTA takes in 3 million swipes per day FOR THE ENTIRE 5-borough system.  This is of course an extremely conservative number.  But let's just use it to make a simple point.  Take 3 million swipes, and multiply that by $3 - - yes that is currently a little higher than the actual fare price, but I have an extremely low total number of swipes.  So, let us just take that generally low overall number, $3 x 3 million swipes.  That is $9,000,000 Dollars PER DAY.  Multiply that by 30.  That is $270,000,000 Dollars per avverage month.  REALLY??????  At a MINIMUM of $270,000,000 TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY MILLION DOLLARS PER MONTH, the MTA can't manage to f--ing provide, at a MINIMUM, ADEQUATE RELIABLE service?????!!!!!!!!!  ARE WE F- -ING JOKING HERE?????!!!!!

There is ONE PHRASE that fits:  TAMMANY HALL.  The MTA is NOT regulated by any outside agencies for ethics, or business practices regulation.

The question is, which crooks in the GOV are robbing us blind and getting away with it.  How MANY of them are on the take??

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Morgan G

I understand the need to limit private transportation for congestion purposes and I do understand the need for the MTA to have such a revenue bonus as they are insanely cash poor...but what I do not understand is the constant giving of money to an organization who has proven ad nauesum their expertise at mismanaging money. Some friendly capitalist competition would help the MTA monopoly PDQ maybe even consult Elon Musk. :) FU MTA and Cuomo. 

John G

The MTA is cash-starved.  They only paid $1Billion in overtime last year.  Multiple GED-educated track workers on MTA payroll have to squeeze by on $300k-400k not counting gold plated benefits and full pensions.

Arsenico D

Is 24/7 this new surcharge or only during the rush hours?