After several months of back-and-forth on the issue, ride-sharing apps Uber & Lyft have been approved to perform pickups and drop-offs at Chicago’s airports, O’Hare and Midway.
Though both services could previously drop-off passengers at Chicago airports, the Mayor’s office just announced earlier this month plans to extend Uber and Lyft’s capabilities to pick-ups as well. Lyft was approved on Sunday, while Uber boasted about their new service offering on a blog post today. Uber & Lyft drivers who wish to serve O’Hare and Midway must pass “airport-specific” safety training and have their names submitted to the Department of Transportation.
Alderman allied with the city’s taxi cab drivers came out against allowing the ride-share services access to airport pickups, citing both traffic & safety concerns and the fact that cabbies would lose out on what was once exclusive territory.
Uber & Lyft drivers have select places at both airports to park to wait for ride requests, but will not be able to access taxi waiting lanes outside of arrival terminals.
Per an email from the company today, below is a sample of Uber’s rates to Downtown Chicago from both airports.