South Shore Taxi ceasing operations, ACS trying to assist in filling void

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg’s lone cab company is closing but there is interest in possibly opening another.

In the meantime, Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) is trying to step up and fill the void as best they can.

South Shore Taxi is scheduled to cease operations Friday at 6 p.m. Notice of the closure is posted on the company’s website, found at www.amherstburgtaxi.ca.

“At this time we are not aware of any other taxi service being offered in Amherstburg,” the site adds.

The company is referring customers to LaSalle Taxi, Vets Cab or Amherstburg Community Services.

The River Town Times has left a message with the owner of South Shore Taxi.

Nicole Rubli, the town’s manager of licensing and enforcement, said the town was included on an e-mail that was sent to “valued employees and customers.” Rubli said the town has issued four cab licenses and those have to be returned to the town upon closure of taxi operations.

Rubli added there is a possibility that another person may be offering taxi services in Amherstburg.

“I’ve been approached by another interested party,” said Rubli. “They’ve taken a license application.”
As of Thursday morning, the application had not been returned.

Amherstburg Community Services has announced it has “opened the doors of their buses to all people” in response to Amherstburg’s only local taxi service, South Shore Taxi closing.

Starting Monday, ACS states it will provide transportation to all Amherstburg residents Monday to Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s terrible to see any local business close, and since South Shore Taxi was Amherstburg’s only local taxi service, it leaves a massive need in our community,” said ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo. “We have the vehicles, the licenses and the drivers to offer public transportation to this town, and we understand that since we have the capacity to help we also have the responsibility to help.”

DiBartolomeo said that ACS does not have the ability to serve as a direct replacement to a local taxi service yet, however they are actively looking to make adjustments to their scheduling, accessibility and hours of operation to continue to meet the needs of the community.

Until further notice, ACS will continue to use the same policies and procedures that have been in place for senior transportation concerning pricing and hours. Round trips in town will cost a flat rate of$10, and a round trip to Windsor will cost a flat rate of $15.

While ACS has committed to providing accessible public transportation to all Amherstburg residents, there will be some age restrictions as some of their vehicles are not safe for young children as per Ministry of Transportation requirements. To arrange a ride or for enquiries, residents may call Amherstburg Community Services, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at 519-736-5471.

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