Taking a Taxi at LaGuardia Just Became More of a Hassle

Apr 4, 2019

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Amid the billion-dollar renovation project that has been ongoing at LaGuardia, Port Authority officials have decided to move all taxi pick-ups to Terminal A in an effort to “alleviate roadway congestion.” Meaning that, if you want to take a cab from Terminals B, C or D, you’re going to have to hop on a shuttle.

LaGuardia’s renovations undoubtedly look good, and once completed might go a long way toward making LGA a bit less hated —  it’s consistently ranked among the worst airports in the US, and does not have a train connection. The removal of taxi services from certain terminals could certainly heighten the connectivity problem.

According to Point Me to the Plane, these changes will only occur during peak traffic times. However, Terminal A  —also known as the Marine Air Terminal — only houses a handful of JetBlue flights, so the majority of incoming passengers looking to use a taxi will have to take the shuttles.

The shuttles, without taking traffic into account, will take approximately 15 minutes to run a circuit through all of the airport terminals.

The airport will also be relocating rideshare service pick-ups to a more “centralized location.” Starting April 13, all Lyft, Uber, Junos, Vias, etc. for terminals C and D will be moved to the ground level. If passengers are having trouble finding their where their Uber is waiting, a press release by Delta regarding the taxi and car services changes stated that “wayfinding signage will be prominent.”

Terminal A rideshare pick-ups will remain unchanged for the time being. The same goes for Terminal B — however, the designated pick-up spot for car services is a 5 minute, follow-the-signs walk from the exit.

The last of the LaGuardia Airport construction projects is currently expected to be completed by 2022.

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