MTA’s new taxicab cost plan places a tax on ladies’s security

As a younger girl residing within the metropolis, I take discover of the fixed stream of headlines chronicling the most recent underground crimes.

Just final month a 21-year-old lady was raped on the finish of a subway platform. Mere days earlier, a 22-year-old lady discovered herself cleaning her personal blood up in a subway automobile after a random assault. These women are each my age. They may simply as simply have been me. I personally was the sufferer of a threatening stalking incident only a couple months in the past.

On Sept. 20, a 33-year-old Queens girl was so brutally beaten by a homeless ex-con on a subway platform, she may lose the sight in her proper eye. It’s all too horrifying to think about.

That’s why — when it’s late, or once I’m alone, or once I discover myself in an unfamiliar place — I decide to spend some additional money for a cab or an Uber simply to be protected. 

Vesly Beato, 22, was randomly slapped on a Manhattan subway practice. Fed up with rising violence in New York, she informed The Post she’s thought of shifting to Florida.
Vesly Beato
Police outside an Uptown Manhattan subway station where a teenager was fatally stabbed in July. Even as subways become more dangerous, the MTA is pushing new ride-share surcharges that could boost prices by 70%.

Police exterior an Uptown Manhattan subway station the place a youngster was fatally stabbed in July. Even as subways turn into extra harmful, the MTA is pushing new rideshare surcharges that might increase costs by 70%.
Christopher Sadowski

Paying for Ubers doesn’t come low cost. Already, the MTA fees a $2.75 congestion price for journeys below 96th Street in Manhattan — a measure that Uber supported in 2019 after a report discovered they and different ride-share corporations had elevated visitors within the metropolis. That surcharge is already estimated to drag in practically $400 million for the MTA yearly.

But even with that funds bump, the MTA has utterly failed at its job of making a hospitable transport system. Subway crimes have soared by 50% year-over-year, whereas ridership understandably nonetheless hovers at simply 60% of pre-pandemic ranges.

The author with the can of pepper spray she carries everywhere to protect herself against potential assailants. Taking Ubers instead of the subway is another way she defends herself.
The writer with the can of pepper spray she carries all over the place to guard herself in opposition to potential assailants. Taking Ubers as a substitute of the subway is one other approach she defends herself.
Stephen Yang

Now, tone-deaf MTA officers are proposing new and exorbitant congestion charges on Ubers, Lyfts and yellow taxis, which is able to make cabs even much less reasonably priced — and drive many people to face the danger of taking the subway even at night time.

In their just lately launched Environmental Assessment for Congestion Pricing report, the MTA proposed new tolls for Ubers and Lyfts under sixtieth Street that might imply charges of as much as $23 per trip and a value increase of 70% for ride-share vacationers in peak hours — on prime of the charges they already pay. Nearly 30,000 Uber drivers have emailed the MTA with their issues over the surcharge, in line with Uber spokesperson Josh Gold, becoming a member of a protest of yellow-cab drivers whose riders can be hit with will increase of as much as $19 a trip.

With subway crime up 50% from last year, many New York women are frightened to travel underground.
With subway crime up 50% from final 12 months, many New York ladies are frightened to journey underground.

It’s unhealthy sufficient that our public transport system has devolved into anarchy. What’s worse is public officers financially strangling these of us who put our security first.

Many of my mates, predominantly fellow younger ladies residing within the metropolis, really feel they don’t have any selection however to take cabs and vehicles, regardless of crippling inflation and the already excessive value of residing right here. And we’re the lucky ones, capable of afford the posh of security in New York, even when it’s stretching our budgets skinny.

Gomes recovers at home with her husband Clement Tucker. “Every day is an incident in the subway," said Gomes, who may lose sight in her right eye.
Gomes recovers at residence along with her husband Clement Tucker. “Every day is an incident within the subway,” mentioned Gomes, who might lose sight in her proper eye.
Gabriella Bass

This additional cost is absurd and immoral. Until our leaders could make the subway system a hospitable place once more, they’ve completely no enterprise making different modes of transportation even extra costly than they already are.

Yes, visitors is a large drawback in New York. But so is town’s failure to make sure that New Yorkers can go about their day-to-day actions with out rightfully fearing for his or her lives within the very transportation system their tax {dollars} pay to keep up.

In quick, the MTA isn’t placing a tax on superfluous rides — it’s placing a tax on ladies’s security.

Rikki Schlott is a 22-year-old journalist and activist residing in New York.



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