Congestion Tax Pricing in New York City
In March 2018, as part of the NY State 2018-19 budget, the NY State Tax Law was modified to enforce a congestion surcharge to help fund repairs and improvements to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
In October, the New York State Division of Tax and Finance mandated new regulations to medallion owners and for-hire bases to collect the congestion surcharge, as required by State Law. The amount of the surcharge depends on the type of vehicle that provides the transportation in or through the congestion zone, as follows:
• $2.75 per trip provided by a for-hire vehicle that is not a taxi or a pool vehicle
• $2.50 per trip provided by a medallion (yellow) taxicab vehicle
• $0.75 per passenger for a trip provided by a pool vehicle.
State Law requires that the Congestion Surcharge must be passed on to the passenger and may not be deducted from the driver’s pay. Additionally, State Law further requires that Medallion Owners and FHV Bases remit the surcharge to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
What Does This Mean for GroundLink Travelers?
Beginning February 2, 2019, all GroundLink rides that are scheduled to start, pass through or end in New York State and begin, end,or pass through Manhattan below 96th St, will require a surcharge of $2.75 to be added to their final receipt.
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