Lyft: Just in time for Christmas

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In August the Los Angeles City Council approved a measure that would allow Uber and Lyft drivers to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport. Lyft completed the paper work required and as of today Lyft drivers can start picking up passengers at LAX. The services are limited to the departure area for pick-up and drop-offs, and a $4 fee will be required for every pick-up at the airport.

All drivers will need a permit to work the airport. It’s just a matter of time before Uber starts pick-up service as well.

Lyft Logo-rescueBefore the measure was approved, ride-hailing drivers were only allowed to drop off passengers, or, riders could call for a high-end rise-hailing driver that met the same requirements as taxi drivers. LAX passengers would get around the restrictions by taking a shuttle to property just outside of the airport and then call Uber or Lyft for a ride.

The taxi industry has been opposed to the deal, saying the ride-hailing drivers were not held to the same standards as taxi drivers who have to get state permits that require fingerprints and background checks.

Ride-sharing is significantly cheaper than taxi services and it could completely change the way passengers arrive and depart the airport. Ride-hailing has been allowed at other major California airports, so LAX is falling in line with the trend towards technology.

LAX is still one of the few major airports without light rail service, but the county broke ground on the “Crenshaw/LAX Line” in 2014. It is expected to be open in 2019.

As of this morning (Wednesday December 23) passengers can now summon Lyft drivers for pick-ups at LAX. Just in time for Christmas.

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