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Los Angeles Rethinks Taxis as Uber and Lyft Dominate the Str
Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:06 pm
Los Angeles Rethinks Taxis as Uber and Lyft Dominate the Streets
LOS ANGELES — The cars flow into Los Angeles International Airport in an endless stream, and in this loosely organized chaos, for-hire vehicles self-segregate at a new pickup terminal, called LAX-it.
On one side, fast-moving lanes of app-hailed cars jockey to pick up their passengers. On the other, cabs inch along the curb, waiting for a fare.
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Re: Los Angeles Rethinks Taxis as Uber and Lyft Dominate the
Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:12 pm
It's hardly self-segregation. The airport is facing huge construction (with closed lanes) in its lower terminal loop. LAX is already pretty much the worst airport in the US, and that would have caused total meltdown. So someone had the bright idea that they could move all the commercial vehicles stopping at terminal curbsides to one huge disaster, oops I mean pickup point, off in the boonies past Terminal One. It didn't affect limos and car services, because they park in the structures already. It really did help traffic circulation in the lower loop, though probably not for long because of the impending construction.
So far, LAX-it is a complete disaster. Everybody hates it, as well they should. You get off a flight and here's one more hassle you have to go through after waiting 45 minutes for your baggage. It's too far to walk with all that shit so there's a green shuttle bus, or at least it used to be green. Three of them caught fire and burned, and the rest were taken out of service. You get picked up by something rented from Buses R Us with a handwritten sign on the front (if you're lucky).
The old taxi stands at the terminals weren't that big, and they didn't add that much traffic. This isn't New York. I see no reason not to move the taxis back to the terminals. Moving them away was a huge hit for an industry that can't really survive one. Most taxi fares in LA are airport anyway, and convenient curbside pickups would likely save that industry from total extinction.