The surge will be happening soon. The  New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission's passage of a minimum wage for drivers of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft could raise rates for some passengers. Things that happen in NYC always trickle down to WNY.

According to NY Times,

"About 96 percent of the city's 80,000 drivers who work for ride-sharing services would get a raise, the commission estimated."The new rules were passed Tuesday and are expected to go into effect in mid-January. They would give drivers for services such as Uber and Lyft a minimum hourly wage of $17.22 after expenses, the commission says.

Uber and Lyft issued statements in support of a living wage for drivers, but said the new rules could also drive up prices for passengers.

 

"These rules would be a step backward for New Yorkers, and we urge the TLC to reconsider them," Lyft said in a statement.

Look out for this same scenario to hit Buffalo soon and the surrounding area.