LAX is saying "no" to curbside pickups for taxis and ride hailed vehicles.
Traffic is a problem in Los Angeles, but it's especially a problem in and around LAX. It's gotten so bad at times that traffic gets backed up into neighboring burrows. In response, the airport's management has decided to limit the vehicles that can drive up to the terminal for curbside pickup.
As of last Thursday, all taxis are banned from performing curbside pickup. Ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft were also hit with a ban, with potential drivers now being forced to use a parking lot.
Keith Wilschetz, deputy executive director of the Operations and Emergency Management Division at LAX, told The LA Times that the extreme response is due to worsening traffic congestion at the airport. Passenger volume at LAX has increased by over 27% from 2016 to 2018, and with the rise of ride-hail services like Uber and Lyft, there's just not enough curb space to go around.
“We understand that trying to get into the central terminal area is a challenge and has been for a long time, and we’ve been working to make that much better,” Wilschetz told The LA Times. “This is a way we can do that.”
Passengers looking for a ride from the airport will have to go to a parking lot next to Terminal 1. A shuttle leaves to the parking lot every 3-5 minutes and is expected to take passengers a maximum of 15 minutes to arrive there. It's also possible to just walk there in about 18 minutes leaving from Terminal 4, which is the furthest terminal.
LAX isn't the only airport to get rid of curbside pickup from taxis and ride-hailed cars. San Francisco International also moved all its Uber and Lyft drivers to a central parking lot, while Boston Logan International has changes similar to LAX scheduled in the near future.
(source: LA Times)