In the hope of eliminating traffic stops, from October 29, LAX will no longer allow ride-share or taxi pick-up at the terminals. Instead, riders must get on a shuttle bus, which takes them to a remote area near terminal one.
"If we do nothing, the average summer day by 2022 will be exactly the same as the day before the Thanksgiving celebration," said Keith Wilschetz of Los Angeles World Airports.
LAX officials said the new plan would be faster for the pilot. The shuttles will have their own dedicated lane on the lower level of the terminal loop with unobstructed access all the way.
Some travelers see it as just an airport line.
"It's a bit like chasing really …. it feels like it took some time for Uber and Lyft to get into LAX. Now we have to take another step to get out of the premises," Tommy said Martinez from Venice.
Airport officials say they have been working with the big ride-share and taxi companies to come up with the plan, but Uber said it is concerned.
A partial statement from Uber said they hope "… LAX will listen to and incorporate our input so that LAX passengers can continue to access ride-share service seamlessly."
"Don't wait longer than five minutes for a shuttle bus. That trip will be at most 1
Travelers can choose to skip the shuttle bus and go to the lower level party of terminal one.
As an added benefit, there will be food trucks at the shuttle stop for those waiting for a ride.
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