- Across from Chavas- 900 Block Geyer
- Russell & 12th – 1100 block Russell
- Sidney between 10th & 9th
- 900 Block of Soulard
- 9th Street at Geyer
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Five new cabstands should be up and operating in Soulard by Friday, Sept. 26. Residents have complained that taxi traffic throughout the neighborhood creates a hazard to pedestrians and drivers as a result of double-parking along Russell Boulevard and other busy intersections.
As a result of a joint effort between the Soulard Restoration Group, the Soulard Business Association and the city, five new cabstands will be installed to help alleviate these issues.
According to Todd Waelterman, director of the St. Louis Street Department, cabstands will be placed in five locations throughout Soulard, including:
- In the 1100 block of Russell Boulevard next to St. Joseph’s Croatian Catholic Church, from the alley between South 11th and South 12th streets, west to the intersection of Russell Boulevard and South 12th Street. The block is currently designated no-parking. That half-block will be designated as a permanent cabstand, meaning that cabs can park there anytime.
- In the 900 block of Geyer Avenue, across from Chavas Mexican Restaurant, 925 Geyer Ave., a two-cab parking stand will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- At the intersection of South 9th Street and Geyer Avenue, adjacent to the existing southeast parking lot, there will be a three-cab permanent stand.
- In the 900 block of Soulard Street at the South 9th Street intersection, a permanent three-cab stand will be installed in the northwest corner.
- In the 900 block of Sidney Street, one block east of Big Daddy’s, a three-cab stand will be in operation from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Once the cabstands are in place, taxi commission officials can ticket cabs that park in areas other than the cabstands. The cabstands will also curb the number of taxis that continually drive around Soulard seeking customers, according to Ronald R. Klein, executive director of the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission.
“Once we ticket a few and word gets out that we mean business, things usually settle quickly into place,” said Klein, who has overseen the placement of cabstands, most recently in the Central West End.
Soulard Liaison Officer Brian Min said there is definitely merit in having the cabstands at popular locations throughout the neighborhood, especially for people who are visiting Soulard and might not know their way around the area.
“It could also help cut down on drunken driving,” Min said. “Taking a cab home is the best alternative to getting a ride home.”
In addition to the street department and taxicab commission, the placement and approval of the cabstand locations were done in conjunction with the Soulard Restoration Group and the Soulard Business Association.
The cabstand sites that were selected all fit the criteria of having high-visibility from several nearby businesses and away from dense residential areas. Klein visited Soulard twice to scout locations suggested by the SRG Board. On Sept. 18, Klein and Waelterman toured Soulard with SRG President Nancy Kelly, SBA President Jim Price and SRG board member Luann Denten to review and finalize the exact sites.
Waelterman asks for patience from Soulard residents and business owners who might have initial concerns about the addition of cabstands to the neighborhood. He said problems usually work themselves out but pledged to address consistent complaints with tangible action, including the possible reassignment of a cabstand, if needed. Waelterman can be reached at his Twitter handle @StlStreets.
The SRG and the SBA agreed to work together to inform bar and restaurant owners about the taxi stands, and to urge them to encourage their customers to take advantage of the convenience and safety.
Klein also warned Soulard taxi passengers to double-check to ensure they do not get into Illinois cabs, which, he said, are not insured for coverage in case of accidents.
“They get the taxi medallions over there and come here, but they’re not insured,” he said. “You’re really taking a chance if you get in one.”