There's some news you need to know about if you fly into Los Angeles regularly. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will be ending curbside pickups for Uber, Lyft, Opoli and taxi services at the end of this month. Officials at LAX made an announcement regarding the future of curbside pickup last week.
Where will ride-share and taxi passengers need to go when they use LAX after the end of October? An area to the east of LAX's Terminal 1 has been designated for ride-share and taxi passengers. Passengers will be able to access the lot by walking or taking a shuttle. Officials at LAX are calling the new lot LAX-it. However, LAX-it is only a temporary solution that is designed to decrease traffic until the airport's new automated people mover opens in 2023.
LAX's new ban on curbside pickups will not impact passengers who are being dropped off at the airport. Ride-share and taxi passengers can still be left at the curb. Drop-off traffic is far less intrusive than pickup traffic due to the fact that ride-share drivers aren't forced to stay parked while they wait for passengers to exit the airport.
LAX officials were forced to change pickup policies at the hub due to extreme congestion. The popularity of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft has caused more people to take rides to and from the airport. The congestion caused by parked Uber and Lyft cars outside of terminals has been causing frustration among just about everyone who needs to visit the airport. In fact, lines of traffic have wrapped around several blocks outside the airport in recent months. Time will tell if the new solution works.