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Uber starts charging a $2 fee for hailing taxis

The days when you could hail a regular taxi via Uber for free are now over: The company quietly introduced a new $2 "booking fee" for UberT yesterday.

"The fee is a small charge added to UberT trips on behalf of yellow and boro taxi drivers who utilize the Uber platform," the company said in a memo to users. "The fee will be collected through the app and billed to the card on file at the end of your ride."

Merry Christmas! You're probably better off sticking to UberX.