Heading home for the holidays? You may want to reevaluate your travel budget because it looks like transit authorities in multiple cities are looking to tack on access fees, making holiday travel a little pricier for customers of Uber, Lyft and other rideshare companies.
According to the Washingtonian, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority put a new policy into effect earlier this week that will add a $4.00 surcharge to fares for rides requested to and from Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport using apps like Uber and Lyft. And you guessed it: the fee will be made the sole responsibility of passengers.
“This fee is among the highest in the country and unfairly inflates the price of a safe, reliable ride that hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors depend on every day,” said Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett. “At more than twice the fee imposed on taxis at National Airport, we expect this new fee will result in riders paying nearly 25 percent more for an UberX trip to and from Reagan Airport and about 15 percent more for Dulles trips.”
The new regulation brings rideshare companies into compliance with Virginia law, as they were not technically permitted to shuttle passengers to and from airport grounds before, but the companies are pretty pissed about it considering that it’s a dollar more than the $3.00 surcharge imposed on regular taxis.
Uber is facing a similar situation in Boston, as it’s being reported by Travel + Leisure that the transportation network company is in court fighting the hefty $8.75 fee that has been tacked onto all rides to Logan Airport. And according to the travel resource website, New Yorkers could be hit with airport access fees of their own in the near future. Reports suggest that Port Authority in considering implementing a surcharge for passengers of Uber, Lyft and like companies requesting rides to and from the metro area’s three major airports: La Guardia Airport, JFK International Airport, and Newark International Airport. However, no decisions have been made concerning this matter just yet.