In addition to being totally disgusting and filthy, New York City taxis are about to get significantly more expensive. Starting in September, cab rates will rise 17% per mile, and the flat rate between Manhattan and JFK will increase from $45 to $52. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted on the measure Thursday, with six members in favor, two against, and one member abstaining.

The vote was seen as a major victory for taxi drivers, who will receive the entire 17% fare increase, their first raise in six years.

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