The Coronavirus pandemic has altered virtually every industry in some way – whether those changes be small or big, everyone is feeling the effects of the virus and the ensuing guidelines that industries now have to follow. With that said, one thing has remained consistent since before the pandemic – LAX is still run horribly and the experiences of Uber and Lyft drivers prove it.
In addition to the dreadful policies that LAX has towards ride-sharing companies, where rules and guidelines are instituted on a whim and things are purposefully designed to be as inefficient as possible, drivers are now advocating for better conditions “stop cheating drivers out of basic workplace protections and drop a ballot measure designed to buy the companies’ way out of following California law.”
According to Patch.com, “Drivers met up at 10 a.m. at the departures deck at LAX then started the car caravan at 11 a.m. from 10158 S. Concourse Way and along Century Boulevard.
With the COVID-19 crisis, drivers are facing severe economic hardship. For far too many of us, a $300 expense could mean having to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table or paying fines to avoid having our accounts deactivated,” Mike Robinson, a Mobile Workers Alliance leader and Lyft driver in Los Angeles, said in a news release.”
It remains to be seen if ridesharing drivers’ conditions will be improved as a result of the caravan.
California seems to be doing everything in their power to destroy this industry, and municipalities are going in the fun.
One of the busiest and least pleasurable airports to travel through has a new obstacle, construction. This means that if you travel through this airport often, there are a few things you need to watch out for as the construction may affect you. Not only is the airport itself going through major changes, but the surrounding area is as well, impacting traffic. We’ve listed some of the changes you need to watch out for this year as LAX goes through a multibillion-dollar modernization project.
A temporary detour route has opened because Aviation Boulevard is being lowered and there will be construction of a new 98th Street extension. This route may be closed overnight or on weekends to facilitate utility work, meaning it may take longer to get into the airport.
Overnight lane closures will frequently occur between Manchester Avenue and Century Boulevard due to pavement rehabilitation. At least one through lane will remain open, and the work will only occur between 12am and 4am. If you tend to take red-eye flights, be aware of these road closures.
Other Surrounding Streets
Intermittent, short term lane closures will occur to allow for underground utility work in the area. This may affect streets such as Century Boulevard, 96th and 98th Streets, Airport Boulevard, Westchester Parkway/Arbor Vitae Street, and the streets listed above. While there will always be at least one through lane accessible, the other lane closures will create heavy traffic so make sure to leave for your flight much earlier than you were planning.
The mere thought of traveling through LA’s biggest airport during the biggest travel days of the year may be enough to give us all headaches. There are a million drop off lanes, overcrowded security lines, and loud families just trying to make it to their gate in time. If you’re traveling through LAX this holiday season, we thought you could use some time-saving tips!
1. Arrive Early!
This may seem like a no-brainer to some folks, but when it comes to LAX, if you arrive on time, you’re basically already too late. Make sure to leave your house 30 minutes before you think you should to arrive on time. This will provide a cushion in case any mishaps occur. And if everything goes right, that’s an extra half hour you’ll have to read your favorite book in the terminal!
2. Get TSA Pre-check
It may seem tedious to go through the process of getting that little “TSA PRE” on your ticket, but we can assure you, it’s worth it. All you have to do is go to your nearest TSA office, fill out some paperwork, pay a small fee, and boom! No long security lines for you for the next 5 years. And you can always renew it!
3. Connection Convenience
If you aren’t willing to pay $85 for everyone in your family to get pre-check, this may be the best tip for you. At LAX, once you get through security, you can shuttle to any terminal you’d like. Research ahead of time to see which airlines have faster security and once you’re through, shuttle on over to your flight’s terminal. This way, you can skip the hassle if your airline tends to have busy security lines.
One of the busiest airports in the world is getting a major facelift. LAX officials intend to announce in early October their plans for re-routing commercial ground transportation traffic during the renovations, which is officially called “Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project.”
The plan is expected to allow luxury transportation operators and TCP-licensed commercial-for-hire vehicles to continue to pick up arriving passengers on the lower-level CTA loop, while TNC, such as Lyft and Uber, along with taxi cabs, will be relegated to pick up their arriving passengers at a designated lot just east of Terminal 1.
This is good news for the livery industry, according to Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) leaders, as it could mean that duly licensed limousine and bus companies may reclaim some lost business from high-end corporate clientele, who do not care to hop on a shuttle or walk to the designated pick-up lot. Hotel and car rental shuttles, meanwhile, will continue to roam the upper-level departure loop. GCLA considers this a hard-fought victory, as city and airport officials were uncertain how the Modernization Project was going to impact the luxury transportation industry.
How the Modernization Project, which is expected to last until 2023, will impact traffic, remains to be seen. Of course, LAX hasn’t forgotten about the nearly 175,000 passengers that pass through daily. Airport officials have already implemented update and alert systems online and through social media to give travelers real-time traffic and closure updates.
So, for the next few years, expect some adjustments to your transportation to and from LAX. Unless, of course, you’re riding in style in one of many limousine services. If you would like to keep up with the world of luxury and transportation, please click here.
To see the latest news about the Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project, please visit LAWA.org.