Transportation in New York City is awful and expensive, but a New York Council member wants to try to change at least one of those things.
According the New York Times, Councilman David G. Greenfield introduced legislation at a City Council transportation committee hearing on Monday, attempting to cap Uber's (some might call ridiculous) surge pricing at double that of normal rates, as well as surge pricing from similar car-service apps like Lyft.
“As New Yorkers, we live and die by the rule that we do not want to be ripped off,” he told the Times. He added that the legislation could also protect the livery business and yellow-cab drivers, whose medallion prices have dropped since 2012, when Uber came around.
Amen. Getting around the city is already one of NYC's biggest problems, and MTA fares and tolls are already going up by 4% this year, so a cap on Uber gouging could keep New Yorkers from complaining about one less thing.
Pete Dombrosky is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist and he'll complain about NYC transportation costs until they're reasonable... so forever. He'll give you a penny for your thoughts (but not a cent more) on Twitter.