Ride-sharing operators like Uber and Lyft will soon be able to pick up passengers at Chicago’s two airports, but they’re facing a new fee for Washington D.C. airport rides.
In Chicago, the city’s Department of Aviation has released new rules for ride-sharing app pickups at O’Hare and Midway airports and at the McCormick Place convention center. Passenger pick-ups at those places will be allowed starting November 18.
At both airports, passengers who summon an Uber or Lyft driver will have to meet them on the upper level roadway — not the lower level where taxis and other transportation services can be found. The drivers can’t get out of their cars to look for their customers, but they will be allowed to have signs identifying themselves.
Pick-ups are allowed only in designated areas — at O’Hare’s domestic terminals, on the upper level between Terminals 1 and 2 and between Terminals 2 and 3; and at the international terminal (Terminal 5), at the west end of the lower level. Pick-ups at Midway will be adjacent to Door 1 on the upper level.
In Washington D.C., meanwhile, a new $4 fee has been imposed on Uber and Lyft rides to and from Reagan National and Dulles airports. An Uber official told The Washingtonian that the company’s drivers will pass the fee along to customers.
The fee brings the companies into compliance with airport rules and Virginia law, and it means ride-sharing drivers will be able to wait in staging areas at the airports instead of off-site. Uber complained that the fee for taxi pick-ups at the airports is only $3, and said the new Washington surcharge is among the highest in the country for its drivers.
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