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LAX Hopes Food Trucks Will Make It Easier to Wait for an Uber at New Rideshare Pickup

Soon travelers won’t be able to hail rideshare cars at the terminal, but at least there will be food on arrival

Renderings for the LAX-it pickup lot at Los Angeles International Airport
Renderings for the LAX-it pickup lot
Courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Last week, Los Angeles International Airport announced a major change surrounding curbside pickups. As of October 29, all Lyft, Uber, ride-hailing services, and taxis will not be allowed in LAX’s pickup areas, which means travelers will have to take a shuttle to a new offsite lot. But at least a lineup of food trucks will meet those travelers once they make it to the rideshare lot.

It’s a very LA solution. Once passengers arrive on shuttles from the terminals, two trucks selling food will be ready to feed them. LAX will rotate different trucks to mix things up, and will include a single retail truck. The food trucks and dining areas should help travelers while they wait for their rideshare cars to arrive.

The LAX-it lot is a temporary fix to LAX’s increased congestion. Construction is also underway for the Automated People Mover, which will ultimately connect LAX to the new Crenshaw/LAX light rail line. Officials anticipate traffic will only worsen during the APM’s construction, and while various terminals receive upgrades.

The pick-up lot will remain in service until the Automated People Mover opens in 2023. The food trucks will be open in two separate spaces at the LAX-it lot. One truck will operate from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. The second truck will sling food from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. to midnight. LAX has not announced which trucks will serve to begin the lot’s operating come next month, but hopefully they reflect a wide array of LA’s best food.

Renderings for the LAX-it rideshare pickup lot Courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports
Renderings for the LAX-it rideshare pickup lot