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LAX to not allow any ride-hailing services to pick up travelers at terminal

Los Angeles International Airport will require curbside pickups by ride-hailing and taxi drivers to take place at a nearby parking lot at 9160 Sky Way.(Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)

This post was updated Oct. 29 at 7:02 p.m.

Students flying in to Los Angeles International Airport can no longer take Ubers or Lyfts directly from their terminals, starting Tuesday.

Travelers must now take an LAX-it shuttle to a designated parking lot next to Terminal 1, located at 9160 Sky Way, where passengers can meet ride-hailing and taxi services. Travelers being dropped off by taxis or ride-shares will not be affected, an LAX spokesperson previously said.

The services barred from picking up directly from the terminals are Ubers, Lyfts and the ride-hailing company Obli, as well as taxis, the spokesperson said.

Shuttle buses will be available regularly to bring passengers from each terminal to the parking lot, the spokesperson said. LAX will also offer food trucks, restrooms and charging stations at the drop-off zone.

Passengers coming in to nearby terminals will also have the choice to walk, as the parking lot is about a three-minute walk from Terminal 1, the spokesperson said.

The airport, which is the second busiest airport in the nation, is currently undergoing $14 billion renovations of its roads and terminals in preparation for the 2028 Summer Olympics in LA, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“The move is intended to increase the capacity for traffic in the central terminal during a time we are experiencing significant curb space (traffic),” the spokesperson said. “We have to do something to minimize traffic during the height of construction.”

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Nucci is the 2019-2020 Assistant News editor for the Features & Student Life beat. She was previously a contributor for the Campus Politics beat from 2018-2019 and Copy staff from 2017-2019.

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