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Uber/Lyft staging area closed at airport

Rousted out of cell phone lot, too

Yellow tape at Uber lot
  • Yellow tape at Uber lot

Early on the morning of Monday, January 7, the lot which has been assigned to rideshare (Uber/Lyft) vehicles was closed. Uber drivers and other rideshare companies arriving to stage for the collection of inbound passengers were met with yellow construction tape and metal barriers preventing their access to the lot.

The San Diego Airport requires all Uber and other rideshare companies to stage their vehicles through this location. These companies have set up a "first in first out" geofence around the rideshare lot in order to avoid rideshare drivers from parking unlawfully and creating congestion for other airport users. Drivers stage within the geofenced lot, waiting for airport passenger ride requests.

With no notice to drivers of the closure, rideshare drivers began parking within the cell phone lot for the airport, and then overflowing onto nearby access roads.

By 7 am, airport traffic enforcement began arriving, rousting the rideshare drivers out of the cell phone lot. Meanwhile, travelers arriving at San Diego airport, with no knowledge of the staging lot closure, began to see delays in arrivals of vehicles, and surge pricing for rides away from the airport.

With the staging lot closed, rideshare vehicles such as Uber, now have to originate from Point Loma or the downtown waterfront area to service the airport. With no staging area, passengers face longer wait times, and potentially higher pricing.

The staging lot does not affect outbound passengers who are delivered to terminal doors.

Update 1/8/18: The San Diego International Airport has responded via Facebook with this: "This story has several inaccuracies. The rideshare lot at SAN is not closed. It has been re-located just north of its previous location. Rideshare companies were notified of the lot relocation on January 2."

Update 1/11/18

After submission, an alternative lot for the rideshare drivers opened north west of the current lot.

Lyft subsequently sent a corporate text message to all drivers on Monday 7 January 2018, advising of the lot relocation, and that an airport representative will be on site for questions.

On Tuesday 8 January 2018 I drove through the lot twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, and no Airport Representative was present.

At 4.06pm Wednesday 9 January 2018, Uber sent an email to all drivers advising of the new staging lot.

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Another example of the changes occurring at the SAN airport impacting the local communities. With no warning, planning or consultation of the surrounding communities, the authorities at the airport have impacted Point Loma, Little Italy, downtown and other close-by facilities like the public parks, surface streets and business parking lots with rideshare staging. There is no compensation to the general public, residents and businesses for hassles created by additional traffic, congestion, noise, pollution and diminished Quality of Life.

The claim of rideshare as being an alternative transportation solution to the problems of growth and climate change are reveled to be the smoke and mirror deceit of the elites getting their way on the backs of the local communities. SANDAG, SAN and the Port of San Diego refuse to take responsibility fully for their expansion programs, foisting related costs onto surrounding residents, businesses and of course, the taxpayer. These people can only 'discuss' possible solutions for meaningful public transit to the airport. They're still stuck on their People Mover and Grand Central terminal along Pacific Highway that was proposed years ago. An eight year old with a box of Lego's from XMAS could design a functional, utilitarian system in an hour.

The same deceit will be used in conjunction with bus and trolley service (highly subsidized and low ridership), self-driving vehicles and other marginal transportation 'solutions' to justify massive housing density and numbers (with parking forgiveness) to be foisted onto neighborhoods through fiat. The resulting massive increase in private vehicles with no accommodating private parking will burden the local public streets as the only parking solution available, not to mention the additional substantial traffic, noise and literally massive additional CO2 (measured in hundreds of thousands of tons). The kicker here will be the Billion$ of public financing used to enrich the developers and grease the political gears all the while claiming to have "got the whole region talking about transit to the airport." Wolves (developers, bankers and politicians) in sheep's clothing (transportation, housing and environmental advocates). Matthew 7:15

Well said. The only thing missing is the city's cynical refusal to relieve the people of south Bankers Hill and Middletown by creating a parking permit district, as they did for those living on Cortez Hill or around the hospitals in Hillcrest. Word is the fix is in on keeping anyone else free from having to feed the beast of parking income (yet another "self-licking ice cream cone"), even or especially if it punishes local residents over local travelers.

This article is dogshit. Riddled with disingenuous and outright false information. Riders and drivers were both notified via email and app notifications of the lot RELOCATION. You are a hack journalist, Grant Madden.

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