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December 22, 2010

Cab company opens its doors

DANVILLE — Those trying to get to and fro have a new method of transport, as a new taxi company has opened in town.

Cab Chix, 540 E. Main St., is open for business with about a dozen people newly employed there, both drivers and dispatchers. It opened mid-November.

Manager Trisa Farrell said there are no boundaries to how far drivers will take their customers, so long as they have the fare.

The new company also does deliveries of all kinds, from take-out food to industrial parts for local machine shops.

“People can call a restaurant and we’ll pick up the food and deliver it to them,” Farrell said.

Another service they provide to customers are time-call slips. A person can call ahead and be put on the pick-up schedule for a certain time, any day.

Taxi driver Donnie Farrell said the new company has courteous drivers who come to know their regular customers.

“I talk to them on a daily basis,” Donnie Farrell said. “Take them to work and school, get to know them, pick them up when they’re drunk so they don’t get a D.U.I.”

The company will also be a New Year’s Eve Bud Cab participant, giving rides to those who have been drinking and shouldn’t drive themselves home, sponsored by Earl Gaudio & Son from midnight New Year’s Eve to 4 a.m. New Year’s Day. The rides are from the bar or party to home only.

Cab Chix owner Fidele Tshimanga of Champaign said he opened the business because he felt a city of Danville’s size needed another cab company.

Cab Chix is the second taxi business in town. There is no limit on the number that can operate in Danville and the city council sets the fare rate.

“We would like to offer buy 10 fares, get the 11th free, but you can’t in the City of Danville, because they set the fares” Farrell said. “I don’t think that’s right.”

The company has three vehicles and can accommodate up to seven passengers at once. Ultimately, they also might like to expand to other cities.

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