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
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
NEW 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
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
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.
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