Taxi fare hike starts today

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As of September 4, it costs 17 percent more to take a taxi ride in New York City. File photo
As of September 4, it costs 17 percent more to take a taxi ride in New York City.

The first taxi fare increase in six years goes into effect today.

In July, the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) approved the hike that raises cab rides an average of 17 percent.

Though the initial $2.50 charge for the first 1/5 mile has not changed, the rate for each additional 1/5 mile has gone up from 40 to 50 cents.

Rides between JFK and Manhattan have also increased, from $45 to $52. The surcharge on top of the metered fare and tolls for trips to Newark Airport has gone from $15.00 to $17.50.