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New pricing plan could add up to $5 per ride

Discussion in 'New York City' started by BurgerTiime, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. BurgerTiime



    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday said adding charges on “for-hire” vehicles such as Uber and Lyft could help ease the massive, mind-numbing traffic in Manhattan.

    “That is one of the first places I would look to reduce congestion and to raise money,” Cuomo said Saturday. “The for-hire vehicles, there’s real potential there.”

    Cuomo’s comments followed the release Friday of a task force report on easing city traffic, which is creating controversy for its recommendation for such congestion pricing.

    The plan would phase charges on “for-hire vehicles, trucks and private cars,” he said.

    For now, he said for-hire vehicles were his priority.

    “If they want to cruise through the central business district to pick up fares, they should have to pay for it or we should limit the number,” the governor said.

    His remarks reflect a pay-to-drive option in the report produced by the governor-appointed panel Fix NYC. The proposal calls for adding new surcharges that could range from $2 to $5 per trip for taxis, limousines and for-hire vehicles such as Uber and Lyft. Private cars could pay more than $11 once a day to enter the pricing zone.

    The surcharges would affect Manhattan trips below 60th Street, an area which has long suffered from congestion but which Cuomo said had become “terrible, worse than gridlock.”

    The proliferation of for-hire vehicles has worsened the gridlock in Manhattan, he added.

    “We used to have yellow cabs. We now have yellow cabs and black cars and green cars and every color in the rainbow,” Cuomo said.

    Cuomo said the proposal was among “two things that jumped out at me” in the report. The other is reducing the outer-borough bridge tolls that are “crazy high.”

    The plan has already drawn a chilly response from the State Senate GOP spokesman and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who favors a new tax on New York City’s highest earners earmarked for transit.

    Uber representative Alix Anfang noted the company favored congestion pricing.

    “Uber commends the Fix NYC Advisory Panel for laying out a comprehensive set of recommendations to address congestion in Manhattan while funding the MTA,” Anfang said in an email. “Uber supports comprehensive congestion pricing that is applied to all vehicles and dedicates money to mass transit.”

    Attempts to reach Lyft and the New York City Limousine Association on Saturday were unsuccessful.

    Cuomo, speaking as a “Queens boy,” recalled that as a child, a ride into Manhattan was a “shock to the system.”

    He added, tongue-in-cheek, “And you needed a passport, I think, when I was a young boy. Maybe not but it felt that way.”

    The governor made clear that the report, which he called “a smart plan,” was a long way from spurring actual changes.

    Many of the recommendations require the installation of equipment, which will also take time, he said.

    “We’ll have a long talk with the legislature, so no decision will be made quickly,” he said.
  2. Lenny_yellow_cab


  3. Which means pool rides gonna do down coz these cheap ass riders will take trains. I think its good for drivers, better traffic, good riders.
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  4. Alpatchino


    This way is gonna be bringing more drivers not less and this is New York City if you can afford the crazy rent you can afford a ride !!!!!!
  5. Uberboyz


    New York
    And more earning, of course
  6. Jim1985


    Cuomo is a fukin idiot. If we cruise the busy zone to get rides we should pay for it?? How! We are helping people transport so THEY dont have to drive in. @@@@ instead of capping the number of black cars long ago and taking all those stupid bike lanes and citibikes and maybe get rid of thise stupid you cant make a left anywhere from 7am to 7pm, maybe just maybe the city wouldnt be so gridlock. If i see an emergency vehicle fuk em, i only move over if they are directly behind me and cant get around otherwise. I dont let em pass reds if im close enough too. Fuk em, if they gave a **** about nyc they wouldnt have allowed it to become this bad. Now we have to pay for all this bull****? Fuk cuomo he needs to leave already had enough of him.
  7. KenStyles


    This is going to raise ride prices but drivers will see $0.00 of that. New York city makes money and TLC.. Won't put a cap on drivers because they are making more money than ever with the black car fund.

    5 years ago more people were hailing livery cabs on the streets and TLC got nothing. Cash in the drivers pocket. Sure, he risked getting stabbed in the neck with a butcher knife (especially in the Bronx)... But that also just happened last week so nothing is changing for us as drivers.
  8. Lenny_yellow_cab


    Don’t be surpirse if this congestion pricing comes out of drivers pocket like the sales tax and bcf :mad:
  9. Krutoi2


    The city should outlaw so called “ early bird” cheap parking in midtown. If you show up before 10am, you can park your car for as little as $10 for up to 10 hrs give or take. The same lot could charge you five times for a couple hours other times. I recall of a friend of mine who worked at posh hotel, who drove into town than taking the train from Queens, minutes from her doorstep. Some unions and companies do have special deals with area parking garages. Have you noticed the que to get to these parking lots, clogging up major thoroughfares in midtown, as a result? Forbidding “ ridiculous parking rates” will not only ease traffic but unclog affected areas.

    The City could give special sticker for those, not served by mass transit to have discount, the likes of my friend, who could take the train but refuse to do so will have to pay prime. Mind you she can afford it as many who clog the city as a result
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2018
  10. YouBeer


    First thing that comes to mind is why is someone from minnieapolis posting here about this ****.
    Theyve been talking about congestion pricing since the bloomberg era.

    Even before that if one were to dig back.

    Next. This is from newsday, no one reads them.

    If this administration wanted to reduce cars they would have the tests in one language because if a person can afford to order a car or take a cab they can afford to learn to speak english. This city is full of **** and it has been for the longest time.

    If they want to put in congestion pricing knock yourself out, but then dont complain that you cant get a car to or from those areas and they will have to take a bus or walk. Lol

    Now please go away grown ups are in the nyc forum we have real problems to deal with.

  11. Krutoi2


    If tolls are form of taxation, sooner than later we should fight for a progressive one why I should pay as much as a Maserati or millionaire always bugged me.
  12. Uber's Guber

    Uber's Guber

    United States
    Some phony politician figuring out another way to suck money from the private sector isn't going to do a damn thing to fix the congestion.
  13. BOO3


    Most definitely not! Cause majority of folks travel around a mile. Fees will just be passed on to riders.
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