Los Angeles International Airport has bowed to pressure to expand its newly created ride-share and taxi pick-up zone following last week's chaotic scenes of long queues and stalled traffic that left passengers stranded for hours.
LAX created a new ride-part pickup zone called & # 39; LAXit & # 39 ;, pronounced L.A. Exit, just six days ago and forbade Uber, Lyft and taxis to pick up passengers from the sidewalk.
With the new LAXit process, travelers have to walk aboard a shuttle bus or to the pick-up area to take a lift home from the country's second busiest airport. The new system was rolled out last week, but it led to full shuttles, waiting times of one hour and 40 minutes and heavy traffic.
On Monday, LAX announced that it would expand Laxit by 50 percent on Wednesday morning and add three lanes to expand the lot.
On Monday, Los Angeles International Airport announced that its ramp share & # 39; LAXit & # 39; pick-up zone will expand by 50 percent on Wednesday morning after the roll-out of the new ride-on space led to chaotic waiting times and long queues. Overloaded collection lanes pictured above on Tuesday, October 29
The expansion will create three new lanes for more passengers and drivers
The LAXit ride app and taxi collection lot has been expanded by 50%. The new sections, shown in pink above, will open on Wednesday at 3 a.m. to provide additional workspace
"While Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) continues to improve the LAXit experience and shorten waiting times during the first week of the operation, airport officials have announced that the whole will be expanded by 50 percent on Wednesday," a press release said .
The extension will open on Wednesday at 3 a.m., increasing the space for cars & guests in the plot by 50 percent.
The expansion will take place immediately next to the current party and will continue to use the shuttle bus system.
In the new design, Lyft cars will move to the expanded area and Uber will take over the former area from Lyft in the original plot. Taxi & # 39; s also get extra space to take passengers.
Additional signage will also be added to guide travelers in finding their journeys.
LAXit was rolled out on Tuesday. LAX passengers used to call for ride-share services at the curbside of the airport terminal. Under the new system, passengers must take a shuttle to a designated parcel called LAXit to greet a car
LAX officials announced the changes this month as part of the airport's efforts to manage congestion in the terminal area of the second busiest airport in the US. Without major changes, and while the airport continues to modernize $ 14 billion, officials warned that traffic on an average summer day could soon resemble the massacre on the Sunday after Thanksgiving
& # 39; The extension was a pre-planned contingency to respond quickly to changing traffic patterns and behavior of LAXit. LAXit is needed to build the permanent traffic solution at LAX, & # 39; the world's fourth busiest airport & # 39 ;, officials said in Monday's release.
Last week's chaos was so bad, officials later apologized for an & # 39; unacceptable level of service & # 39 ;.
During the first week of the LAXit system, airport officials summarized the journey time from the sidewalk to the lot to about 10 minutes, and shuttles arrived every three to five minutes.
Agitated passengers expressed their anger on Twitter last week as they waited in long lines for their cars
However, even before the new system was launched, ride share services were questionable about the airport pick-up point.
Uber officials had warned that the plot did not have sufficient capacity for the number of passing travelers and warned that it would cause long lines and traffic jams.
The new system is designed to reduce congestion along the sidewalk of the horseshoe-shaped end road.
On the first Sunday evening of the new system, airport officials said that they have & # 39; significant improvement & # 39; saw in traffic in the terminal area and nearby roads, despite a slight increase in the number of passengers, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Without major changes, and while the airport continues to modernize $ 14 billion, officials warned that traffic on an average summer day could soon resemble the massacre on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
However, the collection system is temporary. The airport is currently building an elevated airport train, known as a people mover, which is expected to open in 2023 and bring passengers between terminals, ground transportation and a subway station.
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