Blumenfield Secures Council Approval for Uber, Lyft at LAX

Council moves forward airport commission decision with operations and safety recommendations. 

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles City Council today approved a proposal to allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to operate at Los Angeles International Airport, including a series of recommendations put forward in last week’s in-depth hearings of the Trade, Commerce, and Technology Committee, which is chaired by Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield.

“Angelenos and visitors to our city are using services like Uber and Lyft to get to and from the airport in a manner that is unregulated, unmonitored, and inconvenient. Our challenge has been to meet the demands of a changing marketplace to ensure safety, transparency, and accessibility,” said Blumenfield. “Today, the Council embraced rather than hindered new technologies to provide the safe and convenient access Angelenos demand.”

Today’s action follows Council’s decision, pursuant to Charter Section 245, to review the Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) July 16, 2015 action to approve a Non-Exclusive License Agreement (NELA) covering Transportation Network Companies serving Los Angeles International Airport.

Blumenfield worked to create a process that was substantive and transparent, with testimony brought before the committee from subject-matter experts and stakeholders including representatives from LAWA, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and ground transportation providers including Lyft and Uber as well as the taxi and livery industries.

Blumenfield made a series of passenger safety and accountability recommendations that shaped the final proposal. 

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