After 5 Months Without, New Taxi Service Comes to CrookstonCROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A new taxi service is starting up in Crookston to give people access to transportation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The city has been without the service for more than five months and many are excited to have it back.
CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A new taxi service is starting up in Crookston to give people access to transportation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The city has been without the service for more than five months and many are excited to have it back.
The taxi service will begin Sunday and some people who don't have their own vehicles are ready to have other options to get around.
Helen Lyczewski has a lot to do each day and doesn't have her own car. She uses bus or taxi services whenever she can.
"If you want to go to Altru clinic or the hospital or if you have a dentist appointment," Lyczewski said.
When the taxi service shut down more than five months ago, it was a strain on people who needed it.
"To me it's very helpful even if you have to go to work and your car don't start, you got a taxi service," Lyczewski said.
If you need to go downtown to do a little shopping, or take a trip to a friends house, a new taxi service will make sure people can get to their destination 24 hours a day.
"Some of these things that Tri-Valley, their bus doesn't cover, or the folks after 8 o'clock at night when the bus closes down," Ampride Convenience General Manager Wayne Melbye said.
"I feel like when something new comes to town it's pretty important and we need it," Gladys McCauley, who uses bus and taxi services, said.
The service will be run out of Ampride Conveneince Store. Manager Wayne Melbye says they are starting out with just one taxi and may add more if the need is there.
"It's a start small, work big type of thing, so we're going to do a one cost, five dollar, door to door in town. We're going to try to work some deals if we need some folks to go to the airport or Amtrak, that type of deal and be kind of full service," Melbye said.
"I think when it comes to disabled people that don't have a car and the bus isn't available the taxi service is very good," Lyczewski said.
If you need a ride, starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 1 you can call 218-281-2000.