Visitors to Pusser's Caribbean Grille may soon be able to cross the street to catch a cab because Annapolis is considering adding a taxi stand on Newman Street near the playground.
The city's transportation board announced it will hold a hearing for public commentary on the creation of a Newman Street taxi stand on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers.
"This is really the first step," said Iain Banks, a city parking specialist. "The board will come up with a recommendation and submit it to City Council."
Unlike the 24-hour taxi stand near O'Brien's on Main Street, this stand would create two additional parking spaces downtown, Banks said.
The Newman Street stand would use the two spaces the Department of Public Works took over when it began renovations of the old Rec Center. The parking spots would become available for public use until 6 p.m. every day when they would turn into a taxi stand until midnight.
Banks said the transportation board is also open to suggestions on where to create more taxi stands around the downtown area—specifically near hotels.
The need for additional stands was raised by hotel owners and taxi cab companies at a meeting with the transportation board four months ago.
Jordan Peters, the general manager of Annapolis Yellow Cab, attended the meeting at the O'Callaghan Hotel.
"It would help because you know, especially on weekends, it's congested downtown," Peters said. "A lot of people do come out of the bars and you know, want to just walk up and catch a cab. Half the time there’s not too many places for the cabs to sit."
The city has four designated taxi cabs spots on Main Street.
With most of the metered parking spots filled on weekend nights, Peters' drivers often circle the downtown area wasting time and gas.
He also thinks it would alleviate nighttime traffic as people learned about the new stands.
"Half the people when they find out the cabs are able to sit there, they will just walk across the street and jump in," Peters said. "Pusser's bar is a pretty popular bar amongst customers that go downtown, and it’s pretty congested trying to pull up in that circle all the time."
For people who can't make the meeting, the city will accept written comments until Feb. 14.
All mail-in comments should be directed to the transportation coard at the City of Annapolis Department of Transportation, 308 Chinquapin Round Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401.
Comments can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or phoned to (410) 263-7964.