SuperShuttle Is Driving Out Of LAX — For Good

SuperShuttle is shutting down its ride-share van and Execucar black car service to LAX on Dec. 31.

SuperShuttle, whose ubiquitous blue vans crowded airport driveways for decades in the days before Uber and Lyft, is shutting down operations at LAX after Dec. 31.

LA World Airports (LAWA), which oversees operations at LAX, confirmed that SuperShuttle will cease picking up passengers at the end of the year.

SuperShuttle has already ceased operations at Hollywood Burbank Airport. An airport spokeswoman, Lucy Burghdorf, confirmed that SuperShuttle ended its ride-share van and Execucar black car services there at the end of November. She said the vans had been circling the airport since 1997.

A SuperShuttle franchise operator in Torrance declined to comment Thursday afternoon on the LAX shutdown, as did SuperShuttle corporate representatives and a customer service representative.

A handful of SuperShuttles were seen picking up passengers at LAX midday Thursday afternoon, but many of the passengers waiting underneath LAX's orange "Shared Rides" signs approached by KPCC/LAist were actually waiting on other shuttles, like one to Disneyland.

In recent weeks, SuperShuttle has ceased operations at airports in several cities nationwide, including Phoenix, Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Sacramento. SuperShuttle corporate representatives declined to answer questions about the future of the company amid reports that the entire company is going out of business at all of its U.S. and international locations.

Passengers who attempt to book rides out of LAX for any date after Dec. 31 using the SuperShuttle app are informed that there are no rides available.

The LAX spokesperson was unable to say if one less shuttle service would impact traffic flow through the airport.

SuperShuttle started in 1983 to provide service at LAX and expanded to airports around the nation and the world. According to its website, founder Mitch Rouse decided to start the business after he and a group of friends were heading for a ski trip and found that a yellow taxi couldn't hold them and all their gear.