The company, which provides an app for locating and booking car service, says today that it has reinstated "Surge Pricing" in the city. Basically what that means is car drivers can charge astronomical fees to shuttle riders around. Yesterday, that would have been about double the normal fare, based on what Uber ended up paying drivers.

In New York, where public transportation has been hobbled by the natural disaster, many people have been relying on taxis and car services to get to work. Charging even higher fees reeks of price gouging, though Uber contends it's the only way to get drivers on the road.

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