The world's largest ride-hailing company sent a notice to their New York City-area customers, asking them to "say no to increased fares" and suggested that congestion pricing might mean "you could pay more than $30 — in just taxes and fees."
For all the bad news about transit system, one state’s app-based ride-hailing companies are having an even harder year, with surging prices, moribund ridership, and an expensive legal blunder that sank an $18-million lobbying campaign.
The Uber leak revealed the ruthless quest the company undertook to achieve its car-dependent vision for the future of city transportation — but that vision itself deserves just as much censure as the app-taxi giant's bare-knuckle tactics, advocates say.
Mayor de Blasio will not close a gap in insurance requirements that allows Uber and Lyft taxi drivers to have far less coverage when they are carrying passengers in New York City than anywhere else in the state.
Charging the for-hires for each passenger-minute in the Manhattan taxi zone is quintessential congestion pricing — and more effective against Manhattan congestion than the MTA’s one-size-fits-all FHV surcharge, our expert says.