Have you heard? LAX is jumping headlong into its modernization project ahead of the Olympics and big changes start before the end of this month.
LAX-it (pronounced LA Exit) is the catchy new name for the new pick up area for taxis and other “ride app” services starting October 29th. Dropoffs will continue to be on the upper/departures level in the horseshoe.
The stated reason to keep taxis and app services out of the “Central Terminal Area” (“CTA”) horseshoe is to address traffic generally until other modernization updates can take that burden. Additionally, construction in the CTA is expected to further congest the area.
For more information and a countdown timer, go here. This page also has an interactive map for each terminal that shows you where to catch your shuttle and how long it will take.
There will also be restrooms, food trucks and charging stations where the shuttle drops you off for the taxis and ride app services.
Other changes to getting in and out of LAX are summarized in the handy cheat sheet below.
Did you think you missed your chance to experience the Proud Bird restaurant at LAX?
The iconic restaurant had planned to close in November and then December due to a rent dispute with LA World Airports, but a tentative agreement has been reached allowing the restaurant to stay open at least one more year.
The Proud Bird, which specializes in steaks and seafood, is located on Aviation Boulevard in Westchester, just east of two parallel runways — Runways 25R and 25L — on the south side of the airport. It’s a popular meeting point for plane spotters, or people (often tourists) who take pictures of airplanes landing and taking off. The restaurant maintains a large collection of historic airplanes parked outside the dining room.
If the agreement is approved by the Board of Airport Commissioners in January, Proud Bird will be open at least until January 31, 2015. Don’t wait, though. I know from personal experience that reservations will sell out long before the actual close. 😉