The New York taxi fare is now 17 percent higher

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A taxi in Sunnyside. (chrisgoldny via flickr)
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As of 12:01 a.m. this morning, New Yorkers have begun paying 17 percent more for taxi rides.

Drivers who have recalibrated their meters and updated the rate information on their cabs are now charging the higher fares that were approved by the Taxi and Limousine Commission in July.

The rate hike represented a rare win for taxi drivers, who exist in a system sometimes described as "feudal."

The commission expects the fares to be phased in, rather than implemented all at once, simply because cabbies aren't required to charge the new fares until their first inspection after September 30.

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Here's the new fare structure, from the T.L.C.'s press release:

For trips in New York City

- $2.50 initial charge (first 1/5 mile);

- $0.50 MTA tax;

- $0.50 per each additional 1/5 mile;

- $0.50 per 60 seconds in stopped or slow traffic;

- $1.00 surcharge from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, excluding holidays;

- $0.50 night surcharge from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.

Trips to/from JFK International Airport and Manhattan

- $52.00, plus any tolls and/or tip;

- the $0.50 night surcharge shall not be added to this flat rate;

- the $1.00 peak surcharge shall not be added to this flat rate;

- the $0.50 MTA tax SHALL be added to this flat rate.

Trips to Newark Airport

- the amount shown on the taximeter plus a surcharge of $17.50; and

- all necessary tolls to and from the destination.