Where to Get Lyft Rides at LAX

Lyft drivers can only pick up passengers on the departure level UPSTAIRS at LAX.

Here is a map showing where Lyft cars pick up LAX passengers. (I am linking to the Lyft map on the Lyft website instead of embedding the map here in case the locations change.)

LYFT PICKUP LOCATION: Currently Lyft passengers flying Southwest can be picked up between Terminal 1 where Southwest is and Terminal 2 where Virgin America is.

There are several other Lyft passenger pickup locations at terminals around LAX.

LOOK FOR THE RIDE SERVICE SIGNS to know exactly where to wait for a Lyft car at LAX.

How much does Lyft from LAX cost?

Your own Lyft car is still a good deal compared to a shared shuttle. The Lyft fare from LAX to West LA came to $27 via La Cienega.

You can “pool” if you aren’t in a hurry to get a lower fare.

This $27 ride was not at prime rush hour but I thought I would include that for reference in case you’re debating shuttle vs. taxi vs. Lyft.

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Google Spreadsheet or Google Doc ? The Ongoing Conundrum

I’m writing out loud here as it seems every time I set up a Google Doc (MS Word equivalent, but online) I wish I’d set up a spreadsheet instead and vice versa.

Memo to self: When does A DOC VS. SPREADSHEET make sense?

When Docs are good:

  • Hyperlink intensive tables. Why? In spreadsheets linking text  requires a sort of coding format: =hyperlink(“www.google.com”;”search the web”) Whereas in a Google doc it’s a menu-driven option to link text (ala Word).
  • Tables within a largely text document
  • When you want a document to be a quick reference for someone who is more familiar with Word than Excel (for which adding links as mentioned above would require them to ping you for tech support)

When Spreadsheets are good:

  • Easy column resorting is desirable.
  • You’re calculating totals.
  • You want to drag and drop rows to rearrange data.
  • The data entails serious crunching and organizing.
  • You’re not hyperlinking much of the text.

My latest experiment is going to be using a spreadsheet to flowchart processes –> which I anticipate will result in a blog post called “Using Visio / Omnigraffle versus Powerpoint / Keynote for flow charting.” (But wait, there’s more…having just discovered some Google apps that might be the ticket.)


When you accidentally set up a Google spreadsheet and want to get the info into a Google Doc:

I found copy and paste didn’t work…no matter how many times I tried.

  1. File > Download As the Google spreadsheet to Excel
  2. Copy the cells from Excel
  3. Paste into the Google Doc
  4. Enjoy reformatting over coffee

When you accidentally do the reverse the same process only different is a good approach: Download the Google Doc to Word, then copy and table and paste it into the Google Spreadsheet.