Christine Grube, left, of Racine, received final city approvals on Tuesday to open her home-based A-1 Safe Cab taxi company. Shown with Grube on Friday outside her residence near Ostergaard Avenue and 16th Street are Grube’s son, Trayce, who will be a driver for the company in the future, and operations manager and daytime driver Peter Diaz. Grube has one car on the road and another ready for when business increases. The car in use now, a Chevrolet Impala, was a mock police car used in movies, she said. For more information about the company, call 262-977-8828.
RACINE — A local woman has started a new taxi cab company to try to ease what she perceives as a shortage of public transportation options.
On Tuesday, Christine Grube got final approvals from the city to open her home-based A-1 Safe Cab. She has one car on the road so far and another in waiting for when business picks up.
Grube didn’t necessarily need a second job; her day job is packaging coordinator for
Merz Aesthetics, 1340 Grandview Parkway in Yorkville.
However, she said: “From everyone I have talked to, there’s not enough public transportation (in Racine).” She regularly sees people standing at a bus stop near her home and imagines they might prefer an affordable cab ride.
What clinched the idea of starting a cab company, Grube said, was the day when she was donating some household goods to the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization, 2000 DeKoven Ave.
There she met a woman living at HALO who had a job — but her ride didn’t show up that day to take her to work.
So Grube gave the woman the ride she needed and decided to start a taxi company.
“It’s things you pick up along the way about how much it’s needed,” she remarked.
Her operations manager and daytime driver is Peter Diaz, and the two of them will share the driving on nights and weekends.
Their first car on the road is a 2004 Chevrolet Impala that Grube said was used as a mock police car in movies. In waiting is a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria that she said is an actual retired police car.
Grube said A-1 will offer excellent customer service and affordable rates.
“This is not just about making money,” she said. “We want to make sure people feel comfortable.” If an elderly woman uses the cab to buy groceries and wants help taking them inside, Diaz will do that, she said.
“If it’s slippery, we’ll make sure they don’t slip and fall.”
To reach A-1 Safe Cab, call 262-977-8828.