NEW YORK (Reuters) – the Passengers are commuting to and from work, or from Newark Liberty, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports, a taxi, or a drive-by hail, it will be an extra cost to be paid, beginning in October, 2020, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: Taxis line up outside the new york city Airport, more cancellations, and during a winter nor’easter, in the borough of Queens, New York, New York, united states of america, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky/File Photo
The cost will be ride-hail companies such as Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc, and more than the city’s traditional taxi industry, which for years has called on regulators to rein in the ” app-based competitors.
According to the new rules, taxi drivers will be an additional charge of $1.25 per airport pick-up in October to raise up to $1.75 in 2022.
The individual app-based rides with Uber and Lyft will be a charge of $2.50 for trips with both the origin and ends at an airport.
Pooled, or shared drives, in which multiple passengers may be picked up along the route, it will be an additional charge of $1.25 for each pick-up and drop-off. Lyft and Uber both offer a pool of options to their customers, a segment in which they are challenged by the By, is a New York-based company that specialises in riding.
The decision comes just a few months after New York City implemented a congestion charge, and passed additional regulations aimed at the promotion of the drive, and to hail drivers, and the easing of the traffic congestion in the city centre of new york city.
On Thursday, the airport, the fee-approval puts the region on par with the rest of the country, where most of the major airports, the costs to pick-up the costs of taxis and car-shares.
The Port Authority is in the public’s agenda for Thursday’s meeting, said the fees were needed to upgrade the railways, and the airport’s infrastructure, including the construction of a new terminal at the airport in Newark, new jersey.
“More than almost anywhere else in the United States, and the shared prosperity and the continued vitality of the New York/New Jersey region, will depend on our public transportation infrastructure, operation, and performance,” the Authority said.
Uber on Thursday said the fee structure will result in a significant adverse impact on the New Yorkers who do not live in the heart of Manhattan, and it’s not easy to get taxi’s.
“We are in support of the Port Authority, the goal of improving the customer experience, but they are disappointed that they have decided to punish the Uber riders by charging them three times more than the cost of a taxi ride there and back,” the company said in a statement.
Lyft does not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Ride-share company will be welcomed to the difference between pooled and private cars, said in a statement that it is to encourage multi-passenger rides to more than one person in the vehicles was in line with that of New York and New Jersey’s ambitious climate change targets.
Report by Tina Bellon in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler