New York City Taxi Prices, Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Tolls to Increase

By Kurt Stolz on 21 November 2022
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Taxis on the streets of New York

The cost of traveling by car in the New York metropolitan area is going up.

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced price increases in the cost of taxi fares and tolls, respectively.

The TLC announced that the average taxi fare in the Big Apple will increase by 23%, from $15.97 to $19.62.  The base rate will go from $2.50 to $3.  In addition, surcharges for rush-hour trips will increase to $2.50 from $1, while overnight surcharges will double to $1 from $0.50.  Meanwhile, trips to John F. Kennedy International Airport will cost a flat fare of $70., The current fare is $52.

In addition, traditional cabbies are not the only ones to benefit from the price hikes. The TLC increases include a 7% per-minute pay raise for Uber and Lyft drivers, while per-mile compensation will jump by 24%.

The higher fares are slated to go into effect before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the Port Authority said that tolls on bridges and tunnels are going up by $1.

The increase impacts all six interstate bridge and tunnel crossings linking New York and New Jersey including the Holland and Lincoln tunnels, the George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, and the Outerbridge Crossing.

Officials at the Port Authority said that the high rate of inflation, as reflected in the U.S. Consumer Price Index, was the trigger for the increase.

The toll increases will go into effect on January 8, 2023.

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