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No More Lyft, Uber Or Taxi Pickups At LAX. At The End Of October It's All About That Shuttle Life

One of LAX's new shuttles that will take travelers to the rideshare and taxi pickup lot (Emily Elena Dugdale/LAist)
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Looking for an easy way to get closer with to your fellow Angelenos? We have news! Starting at the end of October, LAX is no longer going to allow rideshares or taxis to pick up customers at the airport terminals. Instead, you'll be shuttled, all together, to a nearby lot that's been converted for this exclusive use.

According to a press release issued by LAX, the new lot will be located across from Terminal 1, and will have "food trucks, Wi-Fi and cell phone charging." Which is all well and good! And no doubt your screaming toddler who has just endured a cross-country flight followed by a schlep to the millionth location of the day will be completely placated by an adventurous take on tacos.

Heath Montgomery, a spokesperson for LAX, told us the lot will be accessible by shuttles that will run every three to five minutes. The shuttles, he said, will not stop at every terminal -- they will make two stops only then continue on to the lot. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

"We will have them running on loops," he said.

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The lot is located at 9610 Sky Lane, and will be organized in a way that Montgomery describes as "pretty obvious." He said there will be a lane dedicated to taxis and others dedicated to Uber, Lyft and Opoli (we didn't know either). Airport staff will also be on hand to help direct travelers.

Plans for the lot came about in anticipation of a significant increase in construction at the airport. This is a temporary fix, according to Montgomery, until the people mover is completed in 2023.

In the meantime, he said, "we have to do something, otherwise traffic is going to get a lot worse."

Officials estimate that the move will decrease the total number of vehicles in the terminal area by about 15%.

The new lot -- and the new rules that accompany it -- will open on Oct. 29th.

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