New York Budget Approval Includes New Fee for Cabs, Uber, Lyft

Catching a ride in Manhattan is going to cost you.

The New York state budget passed in the early morning hours on Saturday includes a new fee for anyone who rides taxis, Ubers, Lyfts or any other car service below 96th St.

The fees — $2.75 for Uber, Lyft and similar services, $2.50 for taxis — will be used to raise an estimated $415 million for subway repairs. Car pool rides such as UberPool and Via will see a 75-cent increase.

The price hike for hiring a vehicle in the Big Apple is a small part of an ambitious congestion-pricing plan that failed to gain support among lawmakers in Albany despite a massive media campaign, support from advocates and the urging of Gov. Cuomo.

Cuomo framed the surcharges as part of the first phase of a wider congestion-fee plan to charge all vehicles that drive in Manhattan.
New York Daily News 4/1/2018