LAX becomes largest US airport to allow Uber, Lyft pickups

Los Angeles officials voted Thursday to allow ride services such as Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at LAX, the largest U.S. city to grant full airport access to the rapidly growing app-based companies.

The move could significantly alter the way thousands of Southern Californians and tourists navigate the nation’s third-busiest airport, long criticized for traffic congestion and lack of a direct connection to the region’s rail system. If the companies can quickly comply with the airport’s rules, Lyft and Uber services — some offering lower fares than taxis — could be available by September, officials said.

Currently, ride share services can drop off a passenger at LAX but only licensed livery drivers, shuttles and cabdrivers can pick up someone.

Marianna Szoke, Los Angeles, CA