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New York approves Uber and Lyft surcharges

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brownbear
594 Rider
 Posted 1 year, 1 month ago

$2.75 for rideshares

$2.50 for taxis

$0.75 for pooled services (incl. Uber POOL and the like)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/02/new-york-surcharge-uber-lyft-manhattan/

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    chicago49
    245 Driver
     1 year ago

    Wow. That seems a bit steep. I assume it gets passed on to the passenger.

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      lionfool
      179 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      I was gonna say it doesn't seem so bad. London has a £11.50 congestion charge. That's like $15-16.

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        chawes
        665 Rider Guru
         1 year ago

        London's congestion charge is per day, not per trip. Big difference. In NYC many people take rides multiple times a day so this will really add up.

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    kias_revenge
    131 Rider
     1 year ago

    Anything to cut down on congestion. I wish they would do this in more places.

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      cheesehead
      481 Driver Rider
       1 year ago

      Read the article. Some other places do do it, but the charges are much lower. Well under a dollar.

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      ThomBrady
      122
       1 year ago

      I see some irony in this.  I bet Uber is kicking themselves that they didn't raise rates sooner, because the reason the city is charging these fees is to make it more expensive so there'd be more competition, right?  That $400M that city will pocket could have gone to Uber.

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      JBurd
      183 Rider
       1 year ago

      Will this money really be used to combat congestion?  or is it just a made-up justification?  

      or are they saying that the economics of raising the fares will naturally control congestion?

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    SpikeSparkle
    154 Rider
     1 year ago

    WHAT A HUGE BOMBSHELL.  Are you joking???  Everyone is greedy!!!

    As part of the budget that New York lawmakers passed last Friday, ride-hailing services and taxis face a new fee if they drive in Manhattan. These aren't nickel-and-dime increases, either: Uber, Lyft and the like face a $2.75 charge for each ride, taxis get a $2.50 increase and group ride services like Via and uberPOOL will be charged $0.75 per customer. It's meant to combat congestion and help fund subway repair and improvements, providing an expected $400 million per year going forward for the MTA.

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    you_know_nothing
    42 Rider
     1 year ago

    This sucks for poor people. All the rich people from the upper west side sitting in their uber blacks are not going to give a damn.

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    KateHarley68
    99
     1 year ago

    Wait, why are taxi drivers complaining with these sky high fees?   Oh, it's because this essentially gave Ubers a greenlight to proceed working in Manhattan?

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      tabby
      172 Rider
       1 year ago

      Taxis have to pay it too. Well, 2.50 instead of 2.75.

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        KateHarley68
        99
         1 year ago

        That actually really puts this into perspective.  So, this was truly a greenlight for the Ubers to operate in NYC. That is crushing for those poor taxi drivers.