New York City eyes taxi wheelchair-accessibility surcharge

Marcus Solis reporting
March 26, 2014 3:47:32 PM PDT
Taxi cab rides in New York City already carry three surcharges, and now the de Blasio Administration is looking to add one more.

The mayor is proposing a 30-cent surcharge on all yellow taxi and green outer-borough cab rides in order to help taxi and fleet owners make their cabs wheelchair-accessible.

Just 231 cabs in the city are presently wheelchair accessible, and the city wants to raise that to about 7,500 as part of the terms of a legal settlement reached last year by accessibility advocates and the administration of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Currently, the metered fare is $2.50, which increases 50 cents every fifth of a mile. There is also a New York State tax surcharge of 50 cents per ride and an additional $1 surcharge Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. That surcharge drops to 50 cents from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m.

The de Blasio administration will hold a hearing on the surcharge next month. If it passes, it will go into effect next year.