Catching a cab in New York City could get much more expensive.
The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission heard testimony Monday on a proposal that would increase the average fare by 17 percent. Under the proposal, the base fare of $2.50 would not increase, but the mileage charge would.
A cab ride to or from JFK would increase from $45 to $52, and the surcharge for going to or from Newark Liberty International Airport would hike to $17.50, from $15. Surcharges would also be added for rush-hour and nighttime cab rides.
The board will vote Thursdayon the proposal. Most agreed on the need for a fare hike. But disagreement arose over another issue.
This proposal, if passed, would not increase the leasing fee paid by drivers.
Michael Woloz of the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade says giving drivers a break would burden fleet owners, who already have a lot of expenses.
Members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance lined the back of the room holding signs saying they should not have to pay more.
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