L.A. airport authorities decide to allow ride-sharing pickups
Los Angeles International Airport, which is also called LAX, is all set to become the largest airport in the United States to allow ride-sharing services like Uber to pick up passengers.
The Board of Airport Commissioners on Thursday voted 5-0 to adopt the change. The change was proposed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who said city authorities wanted to provide LAX passengers with the increasingly popular transportation option of ride-sharing.
The airport commissioners' decision is a big victory for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft that have been facing tough opposition from the conventional taxi drivers amid their increasing popularity.
Welcoming the decision, Lyft said in a statement, "We thank the Los Angeles World Airports Board and Mayor Garcetti for taking a big step in the right direction toward allowing consumers to choose Lyft at LAX."
As per the proposal adopted by the airport commissioners, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft would have to park in a designated staging area to pick up passengers. In addition, they would be required to pay a fee of $4 to the airport per trip.
Under previous rules, drivers with ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft could drop off passengers at the airport but they were not allowed to pick up passengers, reserving that service for taxis, shuttle buses and limousines.
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