The Taxi and Limousine Commission today voted to approve the first NYC taxi fare hike in six years. Starting around September, the average taxi ride is going to be 17 percent more expensive. The base fare for a ride will remain $2.50 but each click of the meter will soon increase from 40 to 50 cents. Meanwhile, the flat rate to JFK to and from Manhattan is going to jump from $45 to $52. The six cents from each trip will go towards driver health care.