TLC meets today to discuss a fare hike

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Taxi and Limousine Commission meets this morning, and it's expected to approve a taxi fare hike that should make the average ride, a dollar more expensive.

Eyewitness News' Lisa Colagrossi has the story.

The average cab ride now is 2.8 miles long:

  • In New York City it costs 8.65. Pretty cheap, because it's 9.50 in Philadelphia.
  • $10 in Boston
  • $10.85 in San Francisco

    A key part of the new fare is raising how much you pay for sitting in traffic.

    Passenger: "It's frustrating for us because we're really not going anywhere but it's really more frustrating for the cab driver because that's his livelihood."

    Some drivers say it just doesn't pay to slog through midtown traffic.

    Cab Driver: "You can go an hour and not make any money for yourself."

    The proposed hike would double the waiting time fare to 40 cents a minute. And it would impose a $45 dollar flat fare for trips from Manhattan to JFK.

    The TLC hopes the fare hikes will attract more drivers to the business.

    Fernando Mateo,State Federation of Taxi Drivers: "The money that was given to them two years ago, was taken away from them when gas prices skyrocketed."

    The TLC meets at 10:00 this morning. The fare hikes, if approved, should take effect in December, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

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