If you’re someone who takes advantage of curbside pick up/drop off at NYC’s airports as a way to avoid parking fees, that prudent sidestep could soon be coming to an end. CBS reports that the Port Authority is considering access fees as a way to reduce congestion outside airport terminals. Traffic is said to have become a real problem as services like Lyft and Uber have begun using the front of the terminals as prime spots to pick up business.
“The operations of For-Hire-Vehicles and taxis at our airports are evolving rapidly and we are in the early stages of review,” the Port Authority noted in a statement. They also added that NYC’s airports are one of the very few in the U.S. that do not charge curbside access fees, and where tolls are implemented, car services usually just pass the buck onto riders—meaning services and taxi drivers shouldn’t worry about lost fare, but you will be shelling out even more cash to make up the difference when you get in their cars.
A dollar amount has yet to be pinned down, but other airports, like Dulles and Reagan National, are now charging vehicles $4 apiece. We can imagine NYC asking double that.
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