Waupun Taxi serving city since 2001: Rate hike modest for agency fares

December 18, 2018

WAUPUN — If your car is broke and your bike’s a joke, who you gonna call?

Not the Ghostbusters. Instead, try Waupun Taxi.

Since 2001, Waupun has offered a taxi service, and rates have been fairly steady. Last week, however, the Waupun City Council approved a modest rate increase for agency and pre-paid agency fares. Starting Jan. 1, those rates will increase 50 cents. All other fees will remain the same. The franchise is operated by Brown Cab, a company that operates similar services in other rural communities. Standard fares are subsidized by state and federal transportation aids. A ride booked by an agency, such as an assisted living facility or other business, receives no subsidy. That will soon cost $7.50, compared to the previous $7 per fare.

Regular (subsidized) fares for adults are $3.50. Seniors and children pay $2.50. Rides outside the city, subject to driver and Brown Cab’s discretion, may be offered with an additional $2 per mile fee. No cab ever goes more than 6 miles beyond the city limits.

“I think it’s pretty reasonable,” said City Administrator/Director of Economic Development Kathy Schlieve. “The average rider is not going to see a significant difference. That being said, we are facing some challenges. Our service does not meet all the transportation needs that we have in this city. As a result, we’ll be talking to Brown Cab about possibly making some changes.”

Hours are limited. Weekday hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no cab service Sundays or holidays.

The city has two cabs, and can accommodate wheelchairs and other special needs.

“We’ve had discussions with Dodge County ADRC (Aging & Disability Resource Center) and we’re trying to look at different solutions to insure that people can get where they need to go,” Schlieve said. There are limited resources to meet those needs, so it does make it a challenge. We know we need to work on that.”

While Schlieve acknowledges that Waupun is lucky to have the service it has, she adds, “There is no easy answer to meet all of our needs. It makes no sense to add hours if there are no riders during those hours. Transportation is a big issue for us.”

The city’s contract runs through 2021.

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