LAX Preps for Record Crowds by Offering Travelers Free Public Transportation for Thanksgiving (Video)
In an attempt to mitigate Thanksgiving travel crowds — which are predicted to be at an all-time high — LAX is offering free public transportation to parts of the city during the holiday.
"This Thanksgiving holiday is projected to be the busiest on record, which means like last year, traffic will be bad during peak times, so our guests should know that they have many choices to access and leave LAX," Deborah Flint, the CEO of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), said in a statement, adding: “We are providing more convenient and frequent choices for our guests who want to reduce their travel stress by opting for a public transportation option."
As part of the airport’s program, travelers will be able to use their boarding passes to get a free trip on the Los Angeles Metro’s Green Line starting Sunday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Dec. 2, according to LAWA.
Additionally, the airport is also offering an LAX Holiday Shuttle, which will bring people directly between the airport and Santa Monica or Century City at a discounted rate. The shuttle will pick up and drop people off once per hour from each location and will cost $10 each way.
The airport will also increase the frequency of its FlyAway bus service during peak hours.
The move comes after LAX, which saw more than 87.5 million passengers last year, expanded its ride-share lot earlier this month just days after introducing a new pick up system that forced people waiting for an Uber or Lyft to take a shuttle to a parking lot to wait for their ride. The new system caused confusion and resulted in waits of up to an hour to get picked up.