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New York approves surcharge for Uber and Lyft rides in Manhattan

Discussion in 'New York City' started by BurgerTiime, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. BurgerTiime



    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.

    Unsurprisingly, it's already catching flak from customers and from taxi drivers, who have become far outnumbered by ride-sharing cars in the last several years. Of the 103,000 vehicles for hire in NYC, 65,000 are driven by Uber contractors alone, while taxis remain capped by law at 13,600, The New York Times reported. As a result, average traffic in Manhattan has slowed from 6.5 miles per hour to 4.7.

    "It'll hurt our business. People won't want to pay more money, and that's what's going to happen," taxi driver David Heller told NY1. "There's 130,000 Ubers, ok? They created the congestion, ok? Get rid of them."

    Other cities have enacted their own surcharges for ride-hailing services in recent years, but they are far lower than those New York just passed. Seattle instated a $0.24 charge for each trip in 2014, Portland, OR agreed to levy a $0.50 fee per customer in 2016, both of which funnel money collected toward regulating ride-sharing services. Chicago passed one in 2014 that will reach $0.65 this year and directs part of the funds raised toward public transit, much like New York's will.

    When reached for comment, both Lyft and Uber supported the surcharge but pushed for a broader fee plan affecting all vehicles: "Congestion will not be fully addressed until the Governor and Legislature enact a comprehensive plan that also addresses all commercial vehicles and the real issue driving congestion: personal vehicles," a Lyft spokesperson told Engadget over email.

    "Uber supports the agreement between the Governor and the Legislature to target a per-trip fee on Manhattan riders where there is convenient access to public transit, and to adopt a first-in-the-nation tax discount on shared trips. We will continue to advocate for the adoption of a comprehensive congestion pricing plan that is applied to all vehicles because it is the best way to fully fund mass transit and reduce traffic in the central business district," read an Uber statement the company emailed to Engadget.
  2. Sajid


    Doesnt this start in january? This 2.75 per ride on uber and lyft in manhattan and 2.50 for yellow cabs did get approved. This topic kind of died but this starts jan 1st 12:01 am.
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  3. LiveNLearn


    All the mafia fanilies want their cut.
  4. wilzon


    Fund the MTA, nothing will be enough, they are years beahind in repairs. With all the money you'll think they fix the issue... years from now it will be another increase in this fee and the fare itself. Wake up New York!
  5. Dumdum pool

    Dumdum pool

    New York
    wish they would have force uber to pay us more smh . And that better come out of pax pockets and not drivers .
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  6. woodywho


    NY Burbs
    That's a big hit for VIA..aren't they a flat $5.00 from 125th Street to downtown??
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  7. Sajid


    Its .75 cents for via and pool.
  8. Heard it's so much overtime for mta engineers they can start giving out for free.
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  9. Ebtvou


    Got friend in mta. Says we just sit around half a day watching Netflix and then we go change some lightbulbs.
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  10. Friends friend station cleaner made 130k last year.
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