As modernization work continues at Los Angeles International Airport, the airport has announced plans for ‘LAX-it’, a centralized area for travelers to pick up a taxi or ride app service.
LAX-it will open at the end of October, and will remain in service until the Automated People Mover opens in 2023. The new facility will be for pickups only, with ride app and taxi drivers continuing to drop off passengers at the terminal curbs on the Upper/Departures Level.
“Anyone who has come to LAX knows that traffic in the Central Terminal area can get rough, and we have heard from our guests that the current system with ride pickups can be frustrating,” said Keith Wilschetz, deputy executive director for operations and emergency management, Los Angeles World Airports. “LAX-it will provide an easy, efficient experience for guests using taxis and ride apps and reduce overall traffic in and around the central terminal area for all those driving to and from LAX, and our neighbors.”
LAX-it is located just east of Terminal 1, at the corner of World Way and Sky Way. Accessible from the terminals by either a short walk or via a dedicated shuttle, LAX-it will reimagine the pickup process for taxis, Uber, Lyft and Opoli, with additional amenities such as restrooms, benches, umbrellas for sun and rain protection, and local food trucks. It will also offer connectivity, with cellphone charging stations and wi-fi. Dedicated staff will provide passenger assistance and lane management on-site.