Lawmakers, residents mixed on NYC taxi, ride-sharing taxPosted: Updated:
Local lawmakers and Hudson Valley residents are divided over a new tax that will add nearly $3 to every ride in a taxi or ride-sharing car in Manhattan.
The tax, part of the new state budget passed early Saturday, will require that anyone who gets a taxi, Uber or Lyft south of 96th Street in Manhattan will have to pay a $2.50 or $2.75 fee for every trip they take.
Democratic state Sen. David Carlucci says the new taxi tax is much better than charging individual drivers at least $11 in tolls to motor south of Central Park.
That idea was originally championed by Gov. Cuomo as part of a new congestion pricing plan to reduce city traffic and raise money for the ailing MTA.
"We cannot rely on funding the infrastructure of New York City on the backs of toll payers, particularly in Rockland and the Hudson Valley, where we don't have access to mass transit," says Carlucci.
Republican state Sen. Terrence Murphy disagrees with the new taxi surcharge, saying he doesn't want to see any more taxes, even a smaller one for ride-sharing services, levied on residents.
Drivers in the Hudson Valley say they are mixed on the new tax.
The new tax on cabs and ride-sharing services won't go into effect in Manhattan until next year. After that, it's expected to generate more than $420 million every year for the cash-strapped MTA.