A few weeks ago, ride-sharing service Lyft started to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport, and now UberX is dong the same.
Uber said on its website that effective today (January 21), its UberX drivers can start to pick up passengers at LAX terminals (Note: the new approval for UberX does not yet include UberPool).
In August, the Los Angeles City Council approved a plan to give ride-sharing app services the right to pick up passengers at the airport, but it took months of haggling between regulators and the ride-sharing companies to agree on licensing and permit requirements.
Lyft came to terms with the city first, and now Uber has followed suit for its UberX drivers. While a regular taxi ride from LAX to downtown costs about $50 -plus tip, the fare is estimated at $30 on UberX or Lyft, although it would be higher in times of peak demand.
Uber said arriving LAX passengers using its app should select a vehicle type, terminal and airline to request a ride. Pick-ups could be on the lower or upper levels of the terminal; the driver will call to confirm the location.
Rides on UberX and Lyft incur a $4 surcharge for both pick-ups and drop-offs under terms worked out with airport authorities.
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