LAX-it expansion brings ‘significant’ improvements for ridesharing and taxis; Park ‘N Fly is no more


LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles World Airports said Thursday that the 50% expansion of its LAX-it pickup lot has resulted in minimal wait times for travelers looking to get out of the notoriously busy Central Terminal Area, and that traffic on surrounding streets flowed smoothly.

About 2 a.m. Wednesday, the LAX-it lot was expanded in size by 50%, with Lyft vehicles being moved entirely into the expansion area, and Uber adding Lyft’s former pickup lanes into its pickup area, according to LAWA spokesman Heath Montgomery. Taxi services also now have additional space with the expansion, airport officials said.

Airport officials said LAX-it users experienced wait times of usually less than 10 minutes.

Work crews put the finishing touches on the expanded LAX-it pickup lot, set to open in the early morning hours, at LAX on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.(Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

LAX has been working to tweak the system since it opened, responding to complaints from some passengers about issues catching shuttles and then waiting in long lines at the LAX-it lot to pick up a taxi or ride-hail vehicle. Taxi drivers have complained about being forced away from terminal curbsides, saying the curbside service was the industry’s main competitive advantage over the ride-hailing companies.

Some taxi drivers complained that they were forced to wait in extensive lines of vehicles waiting to get into the pickup lot.

The LAX-it lot was conceived to make room for ride-hailing services and taxis as the airport goes through major construction of its CTA.

But it also put an end to Park ‘N Fly at LAX, as that service can no longer pickup passengers curbside and wasn’t fitted into the LAX-it plan. The Los Angeles Times reported that the company told customers in an email Wednesday that it was shutting down its LAX operation, remaining open only for customers who needed to retrieve a parked car.

“Please know that this is not our decision, and the airport has decided to take over our facility,” a recorded message at the Park ‘N Fly office in Los Angeles told callers.

The Times reported that one customer, who had prepaid for a ride on Wednesday, arrived at a seemingly abandoned Park ‘N Fly service station.

On Tuesday, Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that manages L.A.-area airports, told a Los Angeles City Council committee that difficulties were expected with the transition to the remote lot, but she said the …read more

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