If you're planning a trip to Southern California's theme parks and you're going to be flying to the Los Angeles International Airport, you should be aware of some big changes coming to way that you exit LAX, starting Tuesday, October 29.
Starting October 29, LAX no longer will allow Uber, Lyft, or taxis to pick up riders in front of their terminals. Instead, all app and taxi services will pick up arriving passengers from a central rideshare lot located next to Terminal 1. (That's the Southwest airlines terminal.)
In addition, private vehicles will be banned from the "inside" lanes on the arrivals level, meaning that if friends or family are coming to get you at the airport, you will need to step out to the median islands where the shuttle buses have picked up passengers until now. Basically, shuttles buses and private vehicles are swapping places, as the inside lanes on the arrivals level now will be used for airport shuttles and FlyAway buses only.
One of those type of shuttles will be the new "LAX-it" (pronounced LA-exit) shuttle that will take arriving passengers to the new rideshare pickup lot. Or, you can walk from your terminal to the pickup lot. Just follow the signs to walk to Terminal 1, then cross to the pickup lot.
In addition, hotel and private parking shuttles will be moving up to the departures level for their pick-ups, taking the places of the now-banned taxi and rideshare pickups. Rental car shuttles, limos and shared ride vans will pick up in new locations on the median islands downstairs at the arrivals level.
The new rideshare pickup lot will be open for the next four years, until the automated people mover now under construction is finished. In 2023 (assuming it gets done on time), passengers will take the people mover to a new central transportation facility where they can pick up rental cars, hop on LA's Metro light rail system or get their Lyft, Uber or taxi.
Another option for Disneyland-bound visitors is the Gray Line Disneyland Resort Express, which is available for $23 one way per adult ($8 for kids) to or from LAX from or to Anaheim-area resorts. You can pick bus that up from your departure terminal. (There is no free Disney's Magical Express service in California.)
For what it's worth, I've been through or to LAX four times in the past five days, and I'm going again twice in the next week, so if you have any questions about navigating the third-busiest airport in the world, ask away in the comments.Tweet
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