Cleveland City Council holds emergency session on reversal to airport pick-up, drop-off policy

Cleveland City Council holds emergency session on reversal to airport pick-up, drop-off policy
City of Cleveland revising Cleveland Hopkins International Airport new drop-off, pick-up rules after complaints (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - On Monday, Cleveland City Council gathered for an emergency meeting regarding the reversal of an earlier rule change where commercial vehicles could drop off and pick up passengers at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Changes made to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport traffic patterns, again

The change, first laid out by airport officials last October, pushed the designated spots for Uber, Lyft, and other commerical vehicles about 200 feet from the terminal, far from the curbside option that travelers used to rely on.

However, following a swiftly negative reaction from people about the inconvenience and accessibility issues it caused, the airport announced it would reverse the policy.

“I just don’t understand why you would do something like this before you had a master plan. You are having a master plan done after the fact, and that makes no sense to me. I was very articulate in telling you the things that I saw we’re going to be problems,” said Council Member Dona Brady, who had voted against the change to the pick-up policy.

Airport officials denied that the crux of their plan was in error, but said the circumstances around the airport’s renovations and plan to add a Ground Transportation Center had changed the effectiveness of pushing the pick-up and drop-off spots further from the terminal.

The reversal of the policy officially goes into effect on Feb. 18.

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