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Surge and upfront pricing coming to Taxis! Say bye to meters!![NBC]

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2098 Rider
 Posted 6 years, 1 month ago

It's happening.  The re-merging of Uber and Taxis will happen.  I've been waiting for this to happen for a long time.  It'll all be the same thing once again.

Yellow Taxis to Test Upfront Fares and Surge Pricing Amid Ongoing Clash With Ride-Hailing Apps [NBC]

The two-year pilot program, which should roll out in April or May, comes as the city's 13,000 metered taxis continue to compete against ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft, which typically give passengers a set fare before they step into the vehicle, allowing them to compare prices between companies.

Current TLC rules require passengers be charged the metered rate of fare for all trips in taxis.

As part of the pilot program, taxi companies will be able to implement "surge pricing," allowing them to charge more for the service during periods of high demand. They'll determine their own rates of fare and report them to the TLC.