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By AMBER SUTHERLAND and TOM LIDDY

 

Last Updated: 6:08 AM, November 2, 2009

 

Posted: 4:42 AM, November 2, 2009

 

 

 

Riders and cabbies alike yesterday railed against a surcharge slapped onto taxi fares in an attempt to raise money for the cash-strapped MTA.

 

The 50-cent hike took effect at midnight, boosting the base fare to $3.

 

"I think the surcharge is ridiculous," said Lia Schorr, a skin-care business owner from the Upper East Side and frequent rider.

 

"I was very irritated when I got into the taxi today."

 

Schorr, who took a ride from her home to her office in Midtown, vows to cut back on her trips in yellow cabs.

 

"We live in a city where taxes only go up and there's nothing you can do about it."

 

 

 

Taxi riders will pay 50 cents more to ride in a cab from now on.

The fee and a 0.34 percent payroll tax are part of a $2.3 billion bailout green-lighted by the MTA to help stave off massive fare hikes for straphangers.

 

Also included in the slew of new taxes is a 5 percent charge on car rentals, a $16 increase on driver's license renewals and a $50 hike on vehicle-registration fees.

 

Stylist Tim Baga said that it will be harder for him to take a cab to his work locations around the Big Apple.

 

"The whole city is getting very expensive," said the 23-year-old Upper East Sider, who took a cab only part of the way downtown yesterday.

 

"Riding a taxi can't be an everyday thing now. It's becoming a luxury or something that you do when you absolutely need to."

 

Cabbies are also screeching about the new tax.

 

"We don't like the surcharge. People will take the subway more," said Ullah Zafar, 57, of Brighton Beach, who has been hacking for 23 years.

 

"People are already complaining about it. I've had 18 customers today and every second one has complained."

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Boo hoo. Cabs are not a right. If you don't like it, stop being a spoiled c*** and take public transportation. If you're fine with it, keep giving our bankrupt state and city your money, 50 cents at a time.

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even with that charge, i bet taxis are still a hell of a lot cheaper than car service. the ones that sit outside of main street tried to charge me 10 bucks for a less than 5 minute ride home. then thought he was giving me the deal of a lifetime by offering me it for 8. no thanks. :mad:

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I enjoy Taxi rides whenever I get to ride them, this is no big deal, in comparison to car service. I'm in the process of getting my driver's license anyway so I can drive one of those at the end. :cool:

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I enjoy Taxi rides whenever I get to ride them, this is no big deal, in comparison to car service. I'm in the process of getting my driver's license anyway so I can drive one of those at the end. :cool:

 

ohhh god one more dangerous driver on the road @_@

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Boo hoo. Cabs are not a right. If you don't like it, stop being a spoiled c*** and take public transportation. If you're fine with it, keep giving our bankrupt state and city your money, 50 cents at a time.

 

Yeah really. My message to all the complainers: **** you. These people have taught me one thing however: if a complaint about x uses the word "ridiculous", the complaint is usually invalid.

 

People like these are the cancer on this society.

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I enjoy Taxi rides whenever I get to ride them, this is no big deal, in comparison to car service. I'm in the process of getting my driver's license anyway so I can drive one of those at the end. :cool:

 

Hope you have lots of money. It costs thousands of dollars to buy a medallion to become a license Yellow Cab.

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Boo hoo. Cabs are not a right. If you don't like it, stop being a spoiled c*** and take public transportation. If you're fine with it, keep giving our bankrupt state and city your money, 50 cents at a time.

 

Plus the Subway is often faster than the cab that succumbs to traffic, and its cheaper, anywhere in the city for $2.50

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You don't need cabs, you do need the transit system represented by the operations of the (MTA). Put it in perspective. :)

 

- A

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"I think the surcharge is ridiculous," said Lia Schorr, a skin-care business owner from the Upper East Side and frequent rider.

 

 

 

Oh no! Looks like you'll have to give up your soy latte from Starbucks and your Upper East Side condo! Gee, you'll really have it rough, won't ya?

 

[/end sarcasm]

 

Honestly, I feel that if you have the money to afford a taxi on a daily basis, then fifty cents should not be a problem.

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Plus the Subway is often faster than the cab that succumbs to traffic, and its cheaper, anywhere in the city for $2.50
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Don't you mean $2.25.

 

I only took taxi once when my Japanese guest came back to NY who participated in Japanese private tour, and nice tour guy says OK to them and we had lunch in chinatown.

After that, Japanese ladies I help in past gave me tip for guiding me in museum, plus taxi money.

I remember that taxi driver was nice to me and he bought me soda and he told me, "Don't worry about tip."

 

When I was reading T&LC page, doesn't taxi drivers suppose to use EZ-Pass?

 

I agree buses and subways are much cheaper.

 

I had taken livery cab also with my American roommate who pass away. It cost $10 also.

 

I also took Domicana Car Service with Japanese guest who was staying at our house. Since she was not good with map direction, I travel her to JFK Airport which cost around $35 (that price include sales tax/tip)

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Oh no! Looks like you'll have to give up your soy latte from Starbucks and your Upper East Side condo! Gee, you'll really have it rough, won't ya?

 

[/end sarcasm]

 

Honestly, I feel that if you have the money to afford a taxi on a daily basis, then fifty cents should not be a problem.

+1

 

I mean come on! You live in Manhattan, and if you're taking a taxi everyday, you have a job. And that woman, being a business owner, makes ALOT more money than the average Joe.

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Yeah really. My message to all the complainers: **** you. These people have taught me one thing however: if a complaint about x uses the word "ridiculous", the complaint is usually invalid.

 

People like these are the cancer on this society.

 

Ayup.

 

See below:

"I think the surcharge is ridiculous," said Lia Schorr, a skin-care business owner from the Upper East Side and frequent rider.

 

As I love to say "Die Yuppie Scum!" (or at least just get the hell out of my neighborhood and city)

 

"Ridiculous" = yuppie complaint. Go whine about how "awkward" something makes you feel while your fellow personality devoid yuppies laugh to be polite because they don't want to make you feel, gulp, awkward.

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Oh no! Looks like you'll have to give up your soy latte from Starbucks and your Upper East Side condo! Gee, you'll really have it rough, won't ya?

 

[/end sarcasm]

 

Honestly, I feel that if you have the money to afford a taxi on a daily basis, then fifty cents should not be a problem.

 

LOL, these are the people who are too lazy to take a subway or bus or don't want to ride with the regular people and yet their stuff doesn't stink anymore then the subway does.

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let them whine...as long as they don't come down into the subway expecting massages and a sauna...i dont give a s*** B);;

 

I WANTS A HOT TUB IN EVERY TRAIN CAR B)

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I don't know about this one....I mean .50 for a ride of a lifetime?? you can't get that at any local fair!!.....Dodging traffic......going thru red lights.....cutting off anything that drives......stopping in the middle of the street to let off and on fares......this sounds like a real bargain for the thrill seekers who put thier lives at risk by getting in one of these anyway.....so I say take the bargain and run!!!!!!:tup:B)

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I don't know about this one....I mean .50 for a ride of a lifetime?? you can't get that at any local fair!!.....Dodging traffic......going thru red lights.....cutting off anything that drives......stopping in the middle of the street to let off and on fares......this sounds like a real bargain for the thrill seekers who put thier lives at risk by getting in one of these anyway.....so I say take the bargain and run!!!!!!:tup:B)

 

B) everytime i get in a cab they suddenly decide to follow the rules of the road...and the speed limit too...

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