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50-Cent Taxi Surcharge Goes Into Effect Sunday

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This Sunday, a 50-cent surcharge will be added to taxi fares, as part of the state's MTA bailout which was approved earlier this year. This surcharge is in addition to the existing surcharges, such as the rush-hour surcharge (Monday-Friday) of $1 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and the night surcharge between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Two taxi metering companies' computers (not the Taxi and Limousine Commission's) jumped the gun with the surcharge—apparently 4,000 taxi riders were overcharged by 50 cents on October 22, 25 and 26, because of a "computer glitch." The Daily News reports that riders can get refunds—call 311— if they can back up their claims with a credit card receipt or taxi receipt: "The TLC said it has made arrangements for the responsible companies to refund the overcharges." More details about the refund after the jump:

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