Raising the Price of Cab Rides I’ll Never Take

The average taxi ride in January cost $11.82, for a trip of slightly less than three miles. A 20 percent increase would bring that fare to $14.18. A trip to Kennedy International Airport, which is currently $45, could reach $54, not counting the cost of tolls.

I rarely take taxi cabs anywhere unless it’s a last resort, and a proposed 20 percent fare increase means I’ll continue to stick to public transportation. The last time I paid $70 (including tolls and tip) to take a cab ride home from the airport, I kept thinking about how I could have used that money for groceries for the week, but I figured a 20-minute taxi ride beat waiting for a subway car in the middle of the night for god knows how long. One possible cost-effective solution: sharing a cab with a stranger, but I don’t know if I’m ready for that yet.

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even though the one time I took a $70 cab ride was basically unavoidable without a time machine taking me to an earlier part of the night where I could have a) accepted a friend’s offer to stay the night or b) taken the last subway home, it still haunted me. for a few weeks after all I could think of was everything else I could have done with $70! That is a decently large amount of money.

2 cute items of clothing probably. 7 bottles of wine! 3 sushi dinners. Ughhhhhhh.

chic noir (#713)

@redheaded&crazy – This is how I think about taxi rides, ATM fees and overdraft fees. I hate to just give away money on something that I can’t hold in my hand or doesn’t make me feel better.

@chic noir also how i feel about paying interest on things like credit cards, and why my eye starts to twitch when i think about the amount of tax we pay that goes to paying interest on government debt and does that government have anything good and tangible to show for their debt … or at this point are they just going into further debt to pay for the debt they have already accrued …

ThatWench (#269)

@redheaded&crazy When it comes to travel to and from the airport, I find it much less painful when you think about it as part of the plane ticket cost. If I’m debating which flight to take to the other coast, I’ll happily pay $50 more for a mass-transit-friendly time at the mass-transit-friendly airport. But if it costs $200 more to fly that airport? I plan to pay the $70 for a round trip Super Shuttle and consider it the cheaper option.

(Of course, getting stuck with those costs at the last minute still sucks, and I’ve definitely been there.)

MuffyStJohn (#280)

I always wind up taking cabs for some things (like this weekend when I had to drag my fat cat to the vet). When I find a cabbie I like, I get their cell phone number and call them directly when I need a cab rather than dealing with the company’s dispatching unit. Assuming they’re available, they are always willing work work a nice price out with me. I like this a lot better than dealing with a meter, enjoy having a stock of cabbies I trust, and always manage to save money.

jane lane (#281)

The taxis where I went to college charge $5 per person. I don’t know how far you have to go before they start charging by the mile because there’s virtually no reason to go more than 5 miles in any direction. Because it’s $20 for a group of four to go .6 miles, people drive drunk or walk through unsafe areas so much more than they should have to and it’s bullshit. By comparison taxis in actual cities seem really affordable.

Megano! (#124)

I have only taken a cab once since I moved to Toronto! And it was free because it was with the magazine I intern at.
I don’t like to take cabs not just because they were expensive, but I read too many stories in my hometown about how half the cabbies were sex offenders.

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