Passengers accustomed to hiring a cab or an Uber and a Lyft at the curb at Los Angeles International Airport will have to carry into shuttle buses to fulfill their rides later this month, based on airport documents.
Road traffic, all the time bad at LAX, the nation’s second-busiest airport for total passenger boardings, has been choked by rising business and significant development.
In response, starting Oct. 29, the airport will no longer permit taxis and ride-sharing providers to pick up arriving passengers on the curb on the airport’s upper level, according to an airport advisory. As an alternative, shuttles will ferry arriving passengers to a designated pickup lot east of Terminal 1.
The new guidelines will not affect taxis or ride-sharing services dropping off departing fliers, based on the advisory.
The plan was first reported in May during a meeting of the Greater California Livery Association, the trade journal Luxury Coach & Transportation said at the time. It drew little public attention, however, until the business transportation journal Skift reported it on Thursday, setting off a mini-revolt on social media.
LAX is not the first major U.S. airport to enact such a program.
In April, Boston Logan International Airport approved a plan to centralize ride-sharing pickups and dropoffs alike at the airport’s central garage, additionally taking effect this month.
And in June, San Francisco International Airport moved ride-sharing pickups to the roof of an hourly parking garage that passengers have to walk through a sky bridge.
Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX, reported $44.3 million in revenue last year from ride-sharing services, whose fares are bumped up by $4 for all pickups and dropoffs. It wasn’t immediately clear whether these surcharges might be affected.