Tribune-Courier News Editor
A new taxi service will be available in Marshall County beginning in May.
Tonia Williams said she plans to open the new A Transporter Taxi beginning May 1.
“We noticed Benton had no transportation for people who need to get around,” Tonia Williams said. “We’re offering this for the elderly, people that don’t have cars or people who might be drinking and need a safe ride home.”
Tonia Williams said she and husband Jeff Williams both have experience driving for Mama Nancy’s Taxi in Murray. Jeff Williams was the first driver for that service, while Tonia Williams has six years of experience.
Tonia Williams said she will dispatch cars from Benton, while Jeff Williams will be a driver.
“We got calls in Murray for people in Benton, and decided Marshall County needed a taxi service,” Tonia Williams said.
A Transporter Taxi will serve all of Marshall County, Tonia Williams said.
“We’ll take people anywhere they want to go,” Jeff Williams said. “In Murray, we’ve had passengers who we’ve taken all the way to Atlanta. We’ll take them to Louisville, Lexington or to the airports in Nashville or Paducah.”
Tonia Williams said A Transporter will not use meters. Cabbies will charge a flat $2 per mile with a $8 minimum per trip.
The cab service will start out with three drivers and from one to three cars, depending on volume, Tonia Williams said.
“We hope to end up with about six to 12 drivers as we get going,” Jeff Williams said. “We hope we produce up to 25 jobs, but until we see what the market will support, we won’t know.”
Until business develops, Tonia Williams said cars will be available from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. If a passenger hires a cab to take him to a bar at 9 p.m., Tonia Williams said the taxi will be available to take the customer safely when his night concludes. Taxis will also be available by appointment at any time, provided with a 24 hour notice.
“We hope once we get going that we will have a seven day, 24 hour service,” Tonia Williams said. “To start, we will be available Monday through Saturday, and Sunday by appointment, if someone calls ahead and needs a ride to church. It took a long time in Murray to build up our Sunday service.”
Cars will not be the traditional yellow taxis, Tonia Williams said. Instead, they will be marked with the A Transporter livery and bear a sign identifying them as a taxi. Tonia Williams added her fleet may begin as normal passenger cars, but hopes to upgrade all to vans.
Drivers will not need a commercial driver’s license. Tonia Williams said she is hopeful to hire people from Marshall County who know the area well. Drivers must be over age 30 and have a good driving record.
“We handed out flyers at Tater Day, and people seemed excited. If this takes off, we will need drivers,” Tonia Williams said. “Customers should be patient as we start out, and give us a little time to get to their locations.”
A Transporter Taxi will open May 1. To arrange a ride, call 270-252-6370.