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Ridesharing cost could increase in Western New York

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Posted at 3:05 PM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 18:09:04-04

The New York State Assembly passed its congestion pricing plan for New York City and it could have an impact on Western New York. 

According to Uber, in the plan there is a surcharge of $1 on every ride sharing trip across New York State on top of the current 4% tax. 

This could make ridesharing in Buffalo higher than what New York City riders currently pay. 

Uber Senior Policy Manager Josh Gold released this statement in response:

Uber Senior  Policy Manager Josh Gold released the following statement in response:"The State Assembly budget proposal triples the taxes on ridesharing for Upstate New Yorkers, who have only had access to affordable, reliable transportation options like Uber for eight months.  The new combined ridesharing taxes would be the highest in the country, and yet another new tax for already overtaxed New Yorkers. " 

According to New York State Assembly, this additional revenue would be used to help improve public transpiration and infrastructure throughout the state. New York State Senate is now expected to negotiate the surcharge and vote on it, before it goes to the governor’s desk. 

To view the plan in its entirety go to http://assembly.state.ny.us/Press/files/20180312a.php
 

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