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Taxi company takes wheel

Published 4:08pm Thursday, January 24, 2013

Local residents who need a ride now have an option as Andy Tucker is bringing taxi service back to Alexander City.

“I thought we could use one,” Tucker said. “I kept saying Alexander City needs a taxi service, and I asked several other business owners in town, and they thought it was a good idea.”

Tucker said Alex City Taxi and Shuttle opened two months ago, and the company made a profit in its first month of operation.

“So far it’s been good,” Tucker said. “I’ve taken people to doctor’s appointments, the hospital and work. I’ve helped people with all kinds of needs, which is exactly what I wanted. I think the fact that we’ve been busy does show that there is a need for this in our area.”

Tucker said Alex City Taxi and Shuttle operates predominately within the city limits but has taken travelers as far as Birmingham.

“We taken people to the hospital in Birmingham,” Tucker said. “We’ve also taken people to the homeless shelter in Montgomery. I picked up a group at the airport and carried them to Five Star Plantation. I take a lady from the assisted living facility to get her hair done.”

Tucker said Alex City Taxi and Shuttle drives minivans that seat up to 6 comfortably, and a handicap accessible van may soon be available.

The company is operated out of Tucker’s other business, Depot Gun and Pawn. He said business hours are from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., but special arrangements can be made by appointment.

“We’ve been out as late as midnight,” Tucker said. “We can operate outside of those hours if it is scheduled ahead of time.”

Tucker said fares are $2 per mile. Alex City Taxi and Shuttle can be reached at 256-596-0200.