Transportation demand management, transit: Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and Logan Airport, Boston
It’s called the Crenshaw/LAX Line, but Metro’s newest train won’t actually go to the airport," about how with the opening of the Crenshaw/LAX line next year, riders can get about one mile away from the airport, but the Airport's forthcoming People Mover system won't be operational until 2023 ("Fly through the Metro station connecting LAX to light rail" and "Construction kicks off on tram that will ferry you around LAX").
While yes, it's somewhat nonsensical that LAX didn't get the People Mover project and the rail transit project on the same timeframe.
-- LAX People Mover webpage
The Airport does provide shuttle service from the existing transit station on the Green Line, Aviation/LAX, something the Curbed article doesn't really highlight, and it will shift this service to the forthcoming station, Aviation/Century, on the Crenshaw/LAX line next year.
But judging by the renderings, there's no question that the Aviation/Century Station will be a first class connection for services to the Airport.
It will have multi-modal services including an LA Metro Bike Hub. (DK if it will also have spots for various car sharing options, it should.)
Interestingly, while the trip on the shuttle is free, you have to use a TAP card--the fare media card for LA Metro/LA County--because the trip is supposed to be linked to transit use. This prevents people from driving to and parking on residential streets in the abutting neighborhood.
LAX Airport Metro Connector - 96th Street Transit Station from Grimshaw on Vimeo.
Visualization, LAX Airport Metro Connector - 96th Street Transit Station
Meanwhile, in Boston, Massport, the operators of Logan Airport, are going to double the pick up and drop off fee for ride hailing trips to $5--although it will be half that for Pooled trips with multiple passengers, and they are changing the pick up and drop off point in order to reduce the congestion that ride hailing trips to and from the airport have caused ("Your Uber and Lyft ride at Logan Airport may soon change," Boston Globe). From the article:
The Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan Airport, on Thursday unveiled details of its plan to rein in the thousands of Uber and Lyft rides clogging its terminals and narrow roads, and a fee increase that would make its ride-hailing charge among the highest of any airport in the country.
“We have to do something,” said Edward Freni, the agency’s director of aviation, expressing exasperation about the daily traffic jams at the terminals and in East Boston. ...
Perhaps the biggest change would be to how riders get to the terminals. Today, travelers heading to Logan are dropped off right outside their terminals, while those leaving Logan are directed to dedicated pickup spots in adjacent parking lots to meet their drivers. Massport’s plan, which it has been considering for months, is to instead direct both pickups and drop-offs to the airport’s central parking garage, with an exception for riders with disabilities, who would still get curbside service.
The locations would require a walk of several minutes or so between the terminals and the garage through elevated passageways.
According to the article, ride hail trips make up 40% of trips during peak hours, and putting arrival and departure trips in the same place would make it easier for drivers to pick up new riders.
Note that a couple years ago, there was talk about putting in a moving sidewalk/better connections between the closest transit station and Logan Airport ("Automatic for the people: Logan to study if a train (or monorail) should replace shuttles at the airport," Boston Globe).
Past articles on better TDM practice for airports include:
-- "A brief comment on ground transportation at National Airport vis a vis VRE rail service," 2016
-- "Why not a bicycle hub at National Airport?: focused on capturing worker trips but open to all," 2017
-- "Revisiting stories: ground transportation at airports (DCA/Logan)," 2017
-- "Airports and public transit access: O'Hare Airport and the proposed fast connection from Downtown Chicago," 2018