Saturday, October 5, 2019

LAX is banning Lyft, Uber curbside pickups

At the end of the month, curbside pickups at Los Angeles International Airport by Lyft, Uber, other ridehailing services, and taxis will be no more.

LAX officials announced today that all passengers wanting to call a car at the airport will now have to get to a designated lot just east of to Terminal 1, either by walking or by hopping on a shuttle. Drop-offs at the curb, however, will still be allowed at terminals.

“Anyone who has come to LAX knows that traffic in the Central Terminal Area can get rough, and we have heard from our guests that the current system with ride pickups can be frustrating,” says Keith Wilschetz, deputy executive director for operations and emergency management at Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX.

Airport officials say the switch to a centralized pick-up lot is an attempt to reduce traffic in the loop that runs through the terminals—traffic that airport officials anticipate will get worse when construction ramps up on the airport terminals’ redevelopment and the automated people mover that will link the airport to the Crenshaw/LAX Line.

“We are being proactive in protecting our guests and neighbors from traffic that is bad and getting worse,” an LAX brochure about the new lot states. LAX tweeted that this move is expected to eliminate 15 percent of the cars that clog up the central terminal loop “while providing a way better experience.”

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