401443 03: A taxi drives down the street February 22, 2002 in New York City. Claiming that the taxi industry can not attract enough drivers, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a taxi fare increase as a means of raising drivers'' incomes. The proposed fare increase would be around 23 percent, bringing the cost of an average ride from $6.85 to $8.45. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)