Cleveland Hopkins' new drop-off, pick-up rules irking drivers and passengers

Cleveland Hopkins' new drop-off, pick-up rules irking drivers and passengers

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Big changes are under way at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and not everyone is happy about them, particularly passengers and rideshare drivers.

New changes at Hopkins take effect Jan. 1, 2019

Rideshare companies, like Uber and Lyft, will no longer be able to drop passengers off right at the door, instead they’ll have to drop them off at a designated door on the lower level. There will be no more upper level drop-offs.

Also, private drivers won’t be able to pick up arriving passengers at the curb, instead they’ll have to wait in the Rideshare lot used by Uber and Lyft drivers.

There will also be an increase in fees for transportation companies like the shuttle buses. Those businesses used to pay a one-time fee per year, per vehicle. Now, they’ll have to pay $4 per drop-off and pick-up.

City leaders say these changes will help decrease traffic congestion and the revenue will help fund airport improvements and upgrades.

But some drivers say all of these changes could be bad for business.

Cleveland City Council approved all of the changes in October.

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