Yellow taxi price hike hits NYC By Jorge Sidron / May 03, 2004 Share 1 -- NEW YORK -- It's going to cost you more to ride in one of the city's yellow taxi cabs. Taxi fares rose 26% on May 3, with the base rate for entering a cab increasing to $2.50 from $2. The price for traveling every fifth of a mile rose from 30 cents to 40 cents.Passengers also now pay a $1 surcharge to ride in cabs during peak hours between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. In addition, the flat rate for a taxi traveling to Manhattan from Kennedy Airport jumped to $45 from $35.Among other things, the hike is meant to pay for new technology, like equipment that allows passengers to pay with credit cards and video screens that let them track their rides.Hotel chain helps clients get around -- sans taxiNEW YORK -- Apple Core Hotels, which operates five properties in Manhattan, said it will ease the blow by offering its customers two free one-day, unlimited-ride MetroCards as part of its Big Apple Unlimited package. MetroCards are valid for travel on buses and subways.Big Apple Unlimited package rates range from $119 to $209, based on double occupancy, depending on the property. The package is available to July 31. Guests traveling alone receive one MetroCard.Apple Core's properties are the La Quinta Inn Manhattan (17 West 32nd St.), Red Roof Inn Manhattan (6 West 32nd St.), Comfort Inn Midtown (129 West 46th St.), Super 8 Hotel Times Square (59 West 46th St.) and Ramada Inn East Side (161 Lexington Ave.).For information or reservations, call (800) 567-7720 or visit www.applecorehotels.com. -- J.S.To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.