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Uber to cap surge pricing as blizzard throttles NYC

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Due to a State of Emergency in New York, Uber announced surge pricing will be capped. (Photo: Getty Images)

Due to a State of Emergency in New York, Uber announced surge pricing will be capped. (Photo: Getty Images)

NEW YORK (PIX11) — As a possibly “historic” snow storm barrels through the tri-state area, Uber has announced price surging will be capped.

Due to a State of Emergency declared in New York, Uber prices will not exceed 2.8x the normal fare, the car service announced Monday.

“This reflects Uber’s national policy developed with New York Attorney General Schneiderman that balances the goal of reliable transportation options with affordability during disasters: Anytime a disaster or state of emergency strikes, dynamic pricing is capped and all Uber proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts,” Uber said in a statement. “On your receipt, you will see a donation from Uber to the American Red Cross.”

Uber riders should except higher than normal wait times and limited destinations due to the inclement weather.

“Please monitor news sources for the most up-to-date information about the storm and follow federal, state, and local safety directives.”