The NYT reports on a troubling trend in cab rides in New York City. On average, passengers were charged an extra $4 to $5 for trips around the city. I, for one, remember when you could get across town for five bucks flat. So the report from the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission justified my concerns.
This was not a grand scheme affecting the entire system, however (the Times‘ headline chooses “gouged,” which has a more pejorative connotation than a factual one). The overcharges were tallied on about 2 million (out of 360 million) trips in the period studied. Taken as a whole, the charges affected less than 1% of all cab rides. Still, the 8.3 million overcharged to New Yorkers and visitors is nothing to scoff at.