Kathleen Horan, Reporter, WNYC News
Kathleen Horan is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio, covering the neighborhood beat. She also reports 'Reset', an ongoing series documenting police-community relations in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission says it’s considering a fare hike on cabs later this month. Its been 8 years since the last overall fare hike. The TLC will hold a public hearing on the rate hikes on May 31.
The Taxi Workers Alliance submitted a proposal for a hike a year ago. The group is asking for an increase between 20-25 percent.
Official sources say that number would likely be closer to 16-20 percent but that drivers have made a good case for an increase.
That would raise the average fare to $14 from about $12.
Taxi Workers Alliance’s Bhairavi Desai says “Its about time, the last overall raise was in 2004—and we’ve seen drivers really struggling out there to make ends meet."
TLC Commissioner David Yassky says “it’s reasonable for taxi drivers and fleet owners to put this one the table. We will consider their petitions over the next couple of months.”
The TLC will also look at maximum lease rates, know as "lease caps," which have been requested by fleet owners.
If a fare increase is approved by the summer-- it will coincide with the sale of the new outer borough livery permits and 2000 yellow medallions.