Baton Rouge Metro Airport Agreement with Lyft, Inc. Approved

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Lyft’s signature mustache didn’t survive its latest trip to the barber. The ride-sharing company unveiled a new dashboard device Tuesday that it says will improve the Lyft experience for drivers and riders.

The Baton Rouge Metro Council approved an operation agreement between the Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) and Lyft, Inc. ridesharing company. The contract specifies the terms and conditions for operating at BTR, eliminating gray areas.

As part of the agreement, Lyft drivers will be provided a designated terminal-front pickup zone, which will give drivers more flexibility when picking up or dropping off passengers. This will be a curbside area easily visible and accessible at the front of the terminal. Additionally, Lyft drivers will be able to wait for calls in the newly-constructed cell lot, which will serve as a staging area for rideshare operators and the public waiting for arriving passengers.

Lyft, Inc. will begin paying a $3 pickup fee. Rideshare pickup fees generally range from $3 to $5 at airports across the country. Other ground transportation companies such as cab and limo operators pay airport fees on a quarterly basis.

The Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) operates as an Enterprise Fund, which means the airport does not receive any local tax funds and must provide its own revenues for operations. BTR supports nearly $1.1 billion in area economic output, which includes over 4,500 combined direct and indirect jobs created by the airport and its leaseholders.

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