Los Angeles International Airport will significantly expand its new “LAXit” pick-up lot for rideshare vehicles and taxi after a chaotic rollout last week.
One week ago, LAX banned taxi, Uber, and Lyft from picking up passengers curbside at LAX. The move was aimed at reducing congestion, which will only worsen as the airport embarks upon a new four-year “People Mover” project. That project will result in the closure of much curb space, although eventually result in what officials hope will be a far less-congested airport experience.
But for now…and for the next four years…traffic may be worse than it ever has been. When airport officials took over part of the Park ‘n’ Fly lot to create “LAXit” (pronounced “L.A. exit”), they underestimated demand. Even as Uber and Lyft move toward a taxi-like approach of hopping into the next available car versus matching riders with specific drivers, wait times for a taxi have exceeded one hour during busy periods…plus the time of taking a shuttle or walking to the new pick-up lot.
LAX Will Expand “LAXit” Lot
To help reduce wait times, LAX will expand the size of the lot this week by 50%. Starting Wednesday at 3:00AM:
- Lyft will move into a new expanded pick-up area
- Uber will remain in the same place and take over Lyft’s former pick-up area
- Taxis will have additional space to pick-up passengers
One airport official told the LA Times this move was a “pre-planned contingency to allow quick response to changed traffic patterns and behaviors.”
Despite a rough rollout, it appears airport officials are serious about reducing wait times. We’ll see if an expanded “LAXit” solves the crowding problem or merely makes it just a tad more bearable.
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