New taxi service to launch in Basalt
December 11, 2009
BASALT – Basalt will get its own taxi service starting Dec. 17.
Temple Glassier and Mike Drummond recently received a license from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to launch Basalt Cab Service. They are working closely with the Roaring Fork Originals, a consortium of Basalt-area restaurants, to provide people with a safe alternative to driving after a night on the town. Service will be available round the clock.
Their service area stretches from Snowmass Creek Road, mile marker 27 on Highway 82, to Carbondale and up the Fryingpan Valley.
Glassier said the rate is $4 for the first rider, $2 for any additional rider, and $2.50 per mile per person between 6 a.m. and midnight. From midnight to 6 a.m. the per person rate still applies but the travel rate goes to $3 per mile.
“A typical 2-mile ride would cost $8 for the primary rider and/or $14 for a couple,” Glassier said.
The members of the Roaring Fork Originals will offer vouchers to customers that will give them discounts on cab fares after dining in the restaurants and finding it necessary to catch a cab.
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Mitch Levy, co-owner of Cuvee World Bistro, said the restaurants took an active role in seeking alternatives to people driving under the influence of alcohol.
“The community has finally come together to solve a significant problem. With the help of local police, the town of Basalt, local restaurants and some caring citizens, the streets of Basalt will be safe once again,” he said.
Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda said the cab service could be a helpful tool to keep streets safe and reduce DUI arrests. The department has applied for a $1,000 grant that will be used to subsidize cab fares for people who have imbibed. Officers also will have the telephone number of the cab company so they can steer drivers in that direction before there is a problem, he said.
The town government will erect a taxi stand sign on the southeast corner of Basalt’s main intersection at Midland Avenue and Two Rivers Road.
Basalt Cab Service can be reached at (970) 987-4318 starting Thursday.