Taxi Fare Hike Approved

By Maya Shwayder on July 12, 2012 6:02pm 

The approval of the measure means fare prices will go up by 17 percent.
The approval of the measure means fare prices will go up by 17 percent.
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FINANCIAL DISTRICT — That late-night taxi ride home is going to get more expensive after the Taxi & Limousine Commission approved a series of fare hikes.

While the $2.50 base fare will remain the same, the fare will jump from .40 to .50 for every 1/5 of a mile when traffic is moving, and by that same rate for every minute when the cab is stuck in traffic.

The cost of a ride from JFK Airport to Manhattan also jumped from $45 to $52.

A ride from Manhattan to Newark Liberty Airport rose from $15 to $17.50.

Riders can expect to pay 17 percent more per ride overall, officials said. For example, a three mile ride will go from $12 to $14, the Daily News reported.

The changes go into effect in September.

Several dozen protestors stood in the back of the room with signs urging the commission to raise the fare.
Several dozen protestors stood in the back of the room with signs urging the commission to raise the fare.
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The commission voted 6 in favor, 2 against, and one abstention. The motion passed.
The commission voted 6 in favor, 2 against, and one abstention. The motion passed.
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