Taxi!: Chippewa Cab Co. coming to Greenville

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:18 am on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

GREENVILLE — Chippewa Cab Co. of Mount Pleasant will be bringing its business to Greenville and hiring locally.

During the Greenville City Council meeting on Tuesday night, the council approved an application from Chippewa Cab for a new taxi service in Greenville.

“They are in good standings with the city of Mount Pleasant,” said City Manager George Bosanic.

Chippewa Cab is operated out of Mount Pleasant and has expanded to 12 cities in Michigan, four of which happened in the last year, said Brian Lombard, director of marketing and sales at Chippewa Cab.

The company caters to nonemergency medication transportation and offers rides to those who need rides to medical services, such as someone going to therapy after an accident.

The company will also offer taxi-cab services.

In other cities, Lombard said Chippewa Cab has lift capabilities and it will depend on the demand in this area if one will be needed locally.

“We picked Greenville because it is centrally located between the cities they want us to serve,” he said and adding they also have calls to places like Alma and St. Louis.

Mayor Pro-Tem Jeanne Cunliffe inquired about how drivers will do shift changes and if the service will cause a problem with neighbors.

Lombard said Chippewa Cab is going to start with one local driver who will keep the vehicle at their house. The position will be a 24-hour on-call service so the driver will come and go as calls are received in Mount Pleasant and dispatched to this area. The Mount Pleasant location handles all calls except for the Traverse City location because of the amount of call traffic that area receives.

“We will hire more as the need rises,” Lombard said.

The city of Greenville has an ordinance for taxi cabs that Chippewa Cab will have to follow.

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