YVR designates area for ride services

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 3:14 PST, Thu January 30, 2020

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

Now that Uber and Lyft have been approved for use in Metro Vancouver municipalities, many people may be wondering how they can use these services to get to and from YVR Airport.

Andrew Grams, director of parking and ground transportation for Vancouver Airport Authority, says the current taxi stand locations and process will not change.

“We’re really excited about the introduction of Uber and Lyft at YVR,” says Grams. 

He says introducing these services will give passengers additional options for ground transportation to and from the airport.

YVR collects a fee each time a driver drops off or picks up a passenger from the airport. 

“The collection of this fee is used to administer Ride App services at YVR. For example signage, the training of staff, managing the curb as well as maintaining the commercial vehicle holding area,” explains Grams.

In terms of safety, YVR has ensured that all necessary insurance requirements are in place. This means that they have plans for what will happen if a driver causes damage to property while onsite.

So, if you are taking an Uber or Lyft to or from the airport, where should you go to meet your driver?

“There are three Ride App services pick up areas at YVR including International Arrivals (Level 2), Domestic Arrivals (Level 2), as well as the South Terminal. There is directional signage throughout the airport with the Ride App services symbol,” says Grams.

He adds that, like taxi drivers, Ride App drivers can unload their passengers in any permitted unloading area in the departures terminal.

Uber and Lyft can now be used at YVR in addition to the taxi services previously available. For more information, visit YVR’s website.

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