Taxi Rates Go Up 30 Cents to Pay For Accessibility

NEW YORK (AP) -

The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission voted Wednesday to approve a 30-cent cab fare surcharge to help pay for more wheelchair-accessible taxis. It will go into effect for yellow taxicabs as well as the green outer-borough cabs on Jan. 1.

The money from the surcharge will be earmarked to help drivers and taxi cab medallion owners upgrade the vehicles to accommodate wheelchairs.

Currently, the vast majority of the city’s taxis are not wheelchair accessible. The city wants more than 7,500 by 2020.