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Cab rides in NYC to get pricier as judge allows congestion pricing surcharge | QNS

The cost of your cab ride into Manhattan will be going up soon after a judge’s ruling allowed the state to begin collecting congestion surcharges on taxi and app-based rides south of 96th Street. Passengers will pay an extra $2.50 for taxis, $2.75 for Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing apps.

The state-mandated surcharges, signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year, were set to begin Jan. 1 but a coalition of taxi drivers and medallion owners filed a lawsuit saying the extra charges would destroy their industry which has struggled since the arrival of ride-app services saying the surcharge would “drive the final nail in the proverbial coffin by making medallion taxicab rides so financially unattractive to consumers that the industry is sure to collapse in its entirety,” the coalition argued in its lawsuit.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lynn R. Cotler lifted a temporary restraining order on the fees Thursday noting the cab coalition had not “demonstrated irreparable injury” but allowing that their argument was enough to allow the lawsuit to proceed.

“The congestion surcharge is to pass directly to consumers, and to the extent that petitioners contend that their business will be affected by the same, such an effect does not mandate the continuation of a further prohibition upon the State’s ability to collect the tax,” Kotler wrote in her ruling.

The state will continue to defend the law in court.

“More than $1 million a day will now go directly to the MTA, and we are moving forward vigorously with a full congestion pricing pan that will cover a total of $15 billion for the MTA’s capital budget,” Cuomo spokesman Patrick Muncie said in a statement.

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