It's becoming hard to tell who's managing the San Diego Airport Rideshare Staging Lot — a professional business or April Fool pranksters?
On Monday 01 April 2019 (April Fools day) signs appeared on each of the portable toilets of the San Diego Airport Rideshare Staging Lot advising of that lot would be closed, and a new staging lot would be opened approximately 200 yards west of the current location.
The information posted on the front door of each of the portable toilets has no identifying marks or the name of an author to determine if this is an "official notice" from the San Diego Regional Airport Authority, or if this is an April Fool's joke.
On 7 January 2019, as reported in the Reader, the previously used Rideshare Staging lot was closed without notification. The Regional Airport Authority through their Facebook alleged that the Reader report was inaccurate, but the photographs within the article showed that the Airport had not installed signage directing Uber and Lyft drivers to an alternative lot. It was not until after publication of the Reader article that signage for the new staging lot appeared. A representative, whom the cirport claimed was on site, was never seen.
I made repeated telephone calls made during business hours today, Monday, April 1 to the San Diego Regional Airport Authority (619-400-2403) but the calls were never answered, and surprisingly, the option to leave a voicemail message was not available as each call was disconnected after ringing out for several minutes.
The San Diego Lyft Regional Office is not open on a Monday to verify if they were aware of the change.
I contacted an associate at the Uber Regional Office, and they advised that they were not aware of any proposed change to the airport staging lot.
Drivers of both the Lyft and Uber applications staging at the airport report no notification of a change in the staging lot, other than the crude poster on the portable toilets.
The Airport Rideshare staging lot is the airport assigned geofence area for Uber and Lyft rideshare drivers to park while awaiting airport passenger ride requests. Passengers who use a rideshare to arrive or depart the San Diego Airport are charged a $3 fee for accessing a rideshare vehicle. In a press release of February 22, the San Diego Regional Authority reported a record high of 22 million people pass through the airport. The report did not disclose what percentage of travelers arrived or departed by a Rideshare vehicle.
If the signage posted on the front of the portable toilets is to be believed as an authentic San Diego Regional Airport Authority communique, with the service fee being charged to passengers, could the airport have found a better means than toilet doors?