New taxi service to debut in Greenville area

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:43 am on Thursday, January 24, 2013

Carrie Venema, left, and John McBride stand alongside the Busy Bee taxi cab they will be driving throughout the Greenville area as they hold their licensed certificates. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE —  A taxi-cab service has received permits from the Greenville City Council to start and operate its business in and around Greenville.

During Tuesday night’s regular scheduled meeting, a recommendation from Greenville Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden was presented to the council to approve a permit for Busy Bee Taxi LLC.

The taxi service was originated in Muskegon in October of 2010 and has grown to a total of 10 taxis that receives about 300 calls per day, according to paperwork filed by owner Kenneth Dukes.

“We have more small-business growth in Greenville,” Van Wyngarden said of the taxi company.

Busy Bee Taxi will have two drivers, John McBride and Carrie Venema, who, according to Van Wyngarden, passed the background checks required under city ordinance.

Busy Bee Taxi service, new to the Greenville area, will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for those seeking a ride from one location to another throughout the Greenville area and beyond.

He also said Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Michael Pousak inspected the 2000 Dodge Caravan that will be used as the taxi and it passed the inspections.

According to McBride and Venema, the service will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We are so excited,” McBride said. “We have gone through a lot (to get the business here).”

Busy Bee Taxi is a nonsmoking transportation system that will pick up and take people anywhere they need to go — including places like the airport in Grand Rapids.

The cost is $1.25 to get in and then $2 per mile thereafter — operating on a meter system. However, that cost is per trip not per person and can be split between a group of people traveling together.

Discounts are available for senior citizens and Busy Bee Taxi does accept credit cards.

The taxi seats seven people, but in same cases there may be two drivers, dropping the room availability to six.

Venema said they also are available to take students to school, and with one male and one female driver, parents may request which driver they would prefer.

Right now, the business has just one vehicle but hopes to add more in the future.

Currently, Busy Bee Taxi does not have a wheelchair lift in their van, but if there is a large request, they will look into getting one for the future.

“We are just starting out, but can get anyone from point A to point B,” Venema said.

Busy Bee Taxi also is available to taxi at events such as weddings.

For more information on Busy Bee Taxi, call (616) 548-1292.

Van Wyngarden stated in his notes to the city council, he contacted the City of Muskegon regarding the taxi service, but because Muskegon does not register its taxi services, there was no information available on the company.

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