LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A new rendezvous at Los Angeles International Airport to prevent travelers from being picked up outside their terminal will come into effect on Tuesday at 15:00.
A rendering of the new "LAX-it" recording area shows the bus stop on the right, reserved lanes for taxis and rides on app vehicles and food trucks.
As of October 29, LAX Uber prohibits Lyft and taxi drivers from picking up passengers directly from the terminals.
Passengers have to use a shuttle instead or go to a designated pick-up area east of Terminal 1 to begin their journey.
The area called "LAX-it" is for pickup only, as taxi drivers and app drivers continue to drop passengers off the curbs of the terminal at the upper level / departure level.
LAX-it will be equipped with bathrooms and telephone charging stations.
The change has shared some passengers.
"I prefer not to," said passenger Pia Rotman. "I'd rather take a Uber or Lyft from the airport … After a long flight I'd rather jump into a Uber or Lyft."
Ride driver Larry Wascovich commented on the topic: "Whatever works best for the airport … makes it easier for everyone."
Uber publicly criticized the airport after announcing the most important changes.
LAX issued a statement saying:
"We have asked Uber to provide us with all of the detailed data that differs from our modeling results and that explains the concerns in their letter, but they have not yet provided this information to us . "
On October 19, LAX gave the experiment a three-hour trial run.
The green-colored shuttles carry incoming passengers to the pick-up area near the airport entrance.
The plan envisages shuttles every 3 to 5 minutes to minimize waiting times for arriving passengers.
The new pick-up area is in a critical phase as the Automated People Mover, Terminal Rehabilitation and other CTA projects begin.