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.
New York, NY —
The price of a yellow cab ride may go up by the end of the year.
REPORTER: Fares haven't gone up in two years - even though cabbies have repeatedly petitioned for a gas surcharge several times since the last increase.
Instead of a surcharge, the Taxi and Limousine Commission is considering doubling the fee the meter charges when a cab is in traffic - it would go up to 40 cents every minute - instead of two.
It’s supported by drivers and advocates like Taxi Workers Alliance's Bhiaravi.
BHIARAVI: We think it is about time -its taken them 16 years to raise the waiting time.
REPORTER: But cabbies say they're concerned they'll have to use any extra wages to pay for high -tech upgrades scheduled to be rolled out in cabs next year. Everyone in the industry seems to agree that the proposed flat fare of $45.00 to JKF from Manhattan is good idea. Currently the flat rate is only available FROM the airport.