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A new option for city fares

Downtown Taxi! also offers service to major airports

Downtown Taxi! also offers service to major airports

May 25, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Downtown Taxi! in Hagerstown is off to a fast start after the business accepted its first fare a little more than a week ago.

Owner Mike Deming said the cab company is doing so well that he intends to hire more drivers to steer his five-car fleet. More cars will be added if the demand increases, he said.

Deming said he recently decided to open the business, in part, to cater to Hagerstown's growing population.

"I just felt like there was an opportunity," he said. "I think it will help the community."

At this point, customers are charged set fares that are comparable to the city's existing transportation services, Deming said. Eventually, Downtown Taxi! will shift to a meter system.

In the meantime, Deming said he is selling advertising space on the exterior and interior of the cabs to business owners. Video screens on the backs of the front-seat headrests will display the ads to passengers sitting in the rear of the cabs.

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Advertising rates range from $39 per month to $129 per month, according to a rate sheet provided by the company.

Deming said in addition to driving customers to destinations in Hagerstown, Downtown Taxi! will take customers elsewhere, including major airports in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, the Hagerstown City Council passed a motion to allow taxi stands at West Washington Street, just east of the County Commuter transfer point, and on East Washington Street, near the Alexander House, so the cabs will have a place to wait on fares.

The taxi stands will be open for use by Downtown Taxi! or any other cab company that chooses to open in the city, the council said.




To call Downtown Taxi!, dial 240-745-3633.

To rent advertising space with Downtown Taxi!, call 301-745-3633.

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