Nope, you're not hearing things: Something in New York City is sort of affordable now.
UberX and UberXL in NYC cut their prices permanently, starting Friday, by 15 percent. Like a true New Yorker, I am adopting a "I'll believe it when I see it" attitude, but according to reports, this is not a cruel joke.
The UberX base fare will now be $2.55 instead of $3 (that's the fee you pay no matter how far you travel), and the charge per mile is dropping from $2.15 to $1.75. The per-minute rate is dropping 5 cents as well -- from 40 cents to 35 cents.
A price difference of 90 cents might not seem like a huge deal, but trust me, those pennies add up when you're drunk at 3 am in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
According to a report by New York Post, the new prices mean a ride from Midtown Manhattan to La Guardia Airport in Queens will now cost $37.12 instead of $43.67. The New York Post believes this is undoubtedly a move to further compete with regular yellow taxis in NYC.
This is good news for tired and cheap people, like me, who just can't be bothered to deal with the subway after midnight. Affordable laziness may be within our grasps!