The state is allowing ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber to pick up passengers at two designated locations at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu as part of a three-month pilot program, starting tomorrow.
“The program provides an additional transportation option for airport passengers,” said Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay in a press release. “We anticipate the service will cut the overall wait times for customers regardless of their preferred transportation choice, especially during peak hours, and the pilot program will help us determine if that is the case. We want this to be successful for all stakeholders, including our passengers and residents.”
There will be two designated pickup areas on the second level median curb —the Interisland Terminal across from Lobby 2 and at the Overseas Terminal across from Lobby 8. The pickup areas will be designated with a black curb and “Uber/Lyft” painted on the side.
Drivers are not, however, allowed to solicit customers or wait on airport property without an assigned and pre-scheduled customer, said the state transportation department. Drivers picking up passengers outside the designated areas will be subject to citation.
Uber and Lyft have been granted a temporary permit during the three-month pilot program. The companies have agreed to pay the Airports Division seven percent of prearranged trip fares.