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Understanding NYC rider prices

December 19, 2018 / New York City

The price you pay for an Uber or Lyft ride in NYC is largely determined by state and city government-mandated pricing rules, taxes, fees, and surcharges. In recent years, the introduction of new rules and fees has led to increases in the price you pay to get around town.

Some of these rules are complicated, so we want to walk you through them and explain the prices you’re experiencing.

TLC Driver Minimum Earnings Rule

The Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) adopted rules in December 2018 that establish per-trip driver payment standards for High-Volume For-Hire Services like Uber and Lyft. These rules lead to higher rider prices.

Out-of-town surcharge
TLC Minimum Earnings Rule includes additional requirements for trips that begin in NYC and end outside NYC City limits, which makes out-of-town trips more expensive for riders.

Other government mandates, taxes, fees, and surcharges

In addition, you’ll continue to notice other government-imposed taxes, fees, and surcharges listed on your receipt. These fees make your rides more expensive and do not go to your driver or Uber. For example, for an Uber ride that begins in Midtown Manhattan and ends at LaGuardia Airport, roughly 18% of your payment goes to various government taxes, fees, and surcharges. Read below to learn more:

Congestion Surcharge
For New York trips starting in, ending in, or passing through Manhattan (below 96th Street), a congestion surcharge of $2.75 per trip or $0.75 per carpool ride is applied. The charge will appear on your receipt as “NY Congestion Fee.” The full amount of the surcharge will be sent to the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority), as mandated by NY State legislation. This money does not go to the driver or Uber.

Black Car Fund
The Black Car Fund surcharge applies on all rider prices. This will appear on your receipt as “NY Black Car Fund.” This money does not go to the driver or Uber.

Sales Tax
Sales tax applies on most rider prices. This will appear on your receipt as “State Sales Tax.” This money does not go to the driver or Uber.

Port Authority Fee
For trips beginning or ending at Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, or John F. Kennedy airport, an airport access surcharge is applied. The full amount of the surcharge will be sent to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as required by Port Authority rules. This fee will appear on your receipts as a part of the “Tolls, Surcharges, and Fees” section. This money does not go to the driver or Uber.

TNC Fee
For certain trips originating outside of New York City, a New York transportation network company (TNC) fee applies. The NY Congestion Surcharge, tolls, and tips are not subject to the TNC fee. This fee will appear on your receipt as “TNC Assessment Fee.” This money does not go to the driver or Uber.