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LAX to Prohibit Curbside Pickups for Rideshares

Traffic is congested at the Los Angeles International Airport, California on December 22, 2016.
Traffic is congested at the Los Angeles International Airport, California on December 22, 2016.

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Los Angeles International Airport plans on implementing new policies for rideshare drivers and taxis to help better control and limit roadway traffic in and out of the airport's terminals.

The new policy, which is scheduled to take effect on October 29, would prohibit rideshares drivers and taxis from picking up passengers outside its terminals and require them to operate from nearby parking lots. Shuttle buses will be available to transport travelers to these lots where they will be matched with a car.

LAX revealed that roadway congestion has gotten consistently worse and can no longer handle the extra traffic rideshares have contributed in recent years. Airline passenger traffic rose from 59 million in 2010 to 87.5 million last year. Rideshare cars account for about 27 percent of all commercial traffic at the airport. LAX expects traffic to get worse as the airport is undergoing a $14 billion modernization project to prepare for the 2028 Summer Olympics. The modernization project includes the building of a driverless train that will eventually replace the shuttle busses to and from the rideshare lots. These policies are not anything new as other airports have implemented similar rules to help ease airport traffic, and LAX hopes their plans will do the same.

How do you feel about LAX’s new policies? Do you use rideshares to get to and from the airport? Are there more convenient ways to get to the airport? Call in and share what you think at 866-893-5722.


Keith Wilschetz, deputy executive director of the Operations and Emergency Management division at Los Angeles World Airports