This is the transit hub across from Brookdale Mall. Over the last year that I've been back on the streets here, I've noticed that this has been a popular place for cab drivers, especially those affiliated with companies that don't have much call business, to wait for passengers. Mostly ones who would otherwise walk to their final destination, or don't want to wait for the next bus to come. This trend is also popular at Northtown Mall and Southdale. The latter actually has a posted cab stand available.
I have only sat out here a couple of times. Fortunately, my company has plenty of business on most days. I'm not quite sure why this particular facility has taken this stance, I plan to look into it. When I got here, there was a cab here from another company that got a pick up relatively quick. I see other cabs ignoring the signs as well, but it is a Saturday, enforcement may be a little lacking.
You would think Metro Transit would embrace having taxis available to take what are normally shorter rides to complete a total commuting situation for their riders. But for some reason, taxis never seem to be a part of a city's transportation solution. Hell, we're even getting squeezed out of the "don't drink and drive" market by "designated driver" businesses that are not regulated nearly as tight as the taxis.
I'll have more on this when I follow up wit Metro Transit.