Thank god. I knew there was a problem when I was stuck in the hotel shuttle and FlyAway and every single car around me had a uber or lyft decal on its windshield. I drive to the airport but park my car at one of the hotels and take their shuttle. And to all of you who think personal cars are the problem, when was the last time you've actually been to LAX and paid attention to the cars?? You'll find most of them are Uber/Lyfts and personal cars don't circle around waiting for a fare.
Also, let's be honest here. Many Uber and Lyft drivers are not very good drivers. I've lost count how many times I've been stuck behind a Uber or Lyft who can't figure out where they are going and just slowdown to a crawl or block traffic with no consideration for traffic behind them (Airports and just in the city.)
A few quick points -
1) LAX was a mess even 10 years ago when Uber/Lyft weren't there.
2) Uber/Lyft only made it worse with passengers moving from shared ride vans to Uber/Lyft in droves.
3) If you really see, Uber/Lyft ARE personal cars; people like you and me registering with Uber/Lyft and using our vehicles to ferry passengers and make money. So, the solution like i mentioned in my previous post is to ONLY allow shared ride Uber/Lyft & Taxis and enforce them to accept 2 (or even 3?) passengers at least [I am sure technology can be applied here to find a very innovative way of enforcing this in an automated fashion].
With personal vehicles off the horseshoe; that frees up the parking garages to be used for more ride share vans/shared uber/lyft pickups versus using the curbside. And of course, for those of us who are addicted to our personal vehicles we won't like it one bit!..but guess what during peak hour traffic we are going to get stuck on 405 or 105 getting to the airport AND definitely going to get stuck in the mess that LAX is right now so i don't think we have much of a choice (i almost ended up missing my 9 pm international flight last year..took 1 hour 15 mins to get to LAX from Irvine and then 35 mins to TBIT from the point where we exited 405).
The key here is to get more number of people into vehicles entering and exiting the airport roadway.
Not going to happen. And any variation of it won't happen until the people mover and Crenshaw Line is up and running. Uber Pool And Lyft's version of it is a choice not a requirement and matching people up who are going the same direction would probably work short distances to nearby hotels or rental car but more problematic going farther away without sacrificing time. Airport shuttle companies like Super Shuttle, already offer shared rides for longer distances with pickup times about 4+ hours before ones flight time is a nonstarter for many including myself.
Whether Uber drives you to the curb or your friend or spouse drops you off at the curb, whats the difference other than paying $75 dollars oneway to Uber vs a favor from friends and family?? Forcing people to pay to get to the airport isn't going to go down well.
For a moment let's forget about whether you, myself or someone else likes the idea and the emotions of the argument. In your example of a friend or someone else dropping us off to the airport; let's say myself, person in the same city as me and another person in the next city happen to be picked up at the airport; don't you agree that :
A) if all of us get picked up/dropped off by our friends/uber driver/spouses separately then we would have 3 vehicles (car/suv)?
B) if all 3 happen to share the same vehicle then it is just ONE vehicle on the airport roadway? [which is what Supershuttle/Primetime] used to do and it used to work very well for a number of people till Uber came along after which Uber killed supershuttle (it is not totally dead yet) and clogged up the LAX roadway which was bad enough before Uber came along.
So, going by the MATH logic and with the above example it is a DUMB idea to be doing away with (or targeting) long distance shuttles/vans. In fact the airport authority should be encouraging high occupancy shared vehicles regardless of APM or not in the long term because people would want the convenience of home/hotel direct to the curb side (albeit with a few quick intermediate stops). Remember, the APM is still inconvenient to a vast majority of people because it involves multiple hops (changing vehicles..lugging luggage etc.).
To your point of not going to happen...well if you asked someone 40 years back about APM or the new Tom Bradley mid field satellite terminal they would have said "Nope, not going to happen". Well it is happening now.
What i CAN tell you with 100% confidence is that as the passenger growth goes past 100 million in the next few years that NOT going to be sustainable if the airport authority does not act. LAX is going to be a gridlock (it already is if you ask me)...and shared ride vans & buses are not the problem.