SuperShuttle will end operations on Dec. 31

Dec 13, 2019

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SuperShuttle will cease all operations after December 31, the Los Angeles Times has reported. The company “plans to honor all reservations and walk-up requests for service,” the Times reported.

The news comes after the company ended operations across the U.S. this month, including Phoenix (PHX), Baltimore (BWI) and Sacramento (SMF). Last month, the company pulled out of Minneapolis (MSP).

SuperShuttle won a major victory just last month after the rollout of “LAX-it,” the new taxi and ride-hailing pickup lot. Uber and Lyft riders reported wait times between 30 minutes to an hour, while taxis clocked in at a 25-minute wait. In contrast, SuperShuttle can still pick up riders curbside at LAX and San Francisco (SFO).

Related: We checked out LAX’s new ride-hailing lot — and things are improving

According to the Los Angeles Times, SuperShuttle — which was founded in the early 1980s to serve Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) — has been feeling the effects of rideshare apps Lyft and Uber for years. Shared van rides decreased by two-thirds in the first half of 2019, as the Times reported, compared with the first half of 2016.

SuperShuttle nonstop rides can be pretty pricey. A quick search for transportation between New York’s JFK Airport to Midtown Manhattan can run you a whopping $140 for a nonstop ride. A similar search using UberX showed $86. Shared rides, perhaps the most popular SuperShuttle option, cost $23 between JFK and Midtown.

If you found yourself using SuperShuttle often, you might be wondering what your options are for getting to and from the airport this holiday season.

Recently, Uber launched Uber Comfort, the premium economy of ride-hailing services. The vehicles are an in-between from UberX and Black cars, giving you more room to stretch out, the option to preselect temperature preferences and conversation topics, as we reported last month.

If you’re flying out of Chicago (ORD) between from now until Jan. 3, 2020, you can also enjoy the Uber Comfort Club in Terminal 2. This space will be reserved for economy travelers to relax and unwind before jetting off. The club will be located in the hallway that connects passengers to Terminal 3.

Finally, make sure you’re maximizing your rideshare travel, whatever mode of transportation you use.

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