Starting today, taxi drivers in the city can begin collecting the 17 percent fare increase approved by the Taxi and Limousine Commission back in July. The base fare stays $2.50, but passengers will now be charged 50 cents every fifth of a mile, not 40.
The flat rate between Manhattan and JFK Airport also rises from $45 to $52.
Only drivers who have re-calibrated their meters and posted updated fare prices on their cars can charge the higher rate.
It’s the first rate hike since 2006.
Drivers will not have to implement the new fares until their first scheduled inspection at the end of September, so riders may see cabs charging different prices for awhile.