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Charlottesville Man Starts Taxi Service for the Handicapped

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Zoom Zoom Transportation is a brand new cab company designed to help the elderly or handicapped. Zoom Zoom Transportation is a brand new cab company designed to help the elderly or handicapped.

Getting around on public transportation can be frustrating and being in a wheelchair only makes it more difficult.

One Charlottesville man is making it easier for handicapped and elderly people to get around town.

Charles Childs knows firsthand how difficult it can be getting around Charlottesville using taxi cabs and buses as he uses a wheelchair himself.

After he had a few bad cab experiences, he decided to take it upon himself to make a change.

Most taxis make speed the ultimate goal, by rushing from one place to the next.

But Childs hopes to make transportation more accessible for those who are handicapped, and sometimes that means slowing down.

"I'm definitely willing to slow down and take my time because I have to take my time getting in myself," Childs said.

Childs recalls a terrible cab ride experience in Charlottesville where the driver was tossing around his wheelchair.

"When you're throwing somebody's wheelchair around it's like throwing their legs around or throwing their arms because that's what carries them around," he said.

That's when Childs decided to make a change.

Childs was living at the Charlottesville apartment complex Crescent Hall.

He says he noticed cab drivers pull up and treat handicapped residents different than others.

So Childs enrolled at Charlottesville's Community Investment Collaborative to create Zoom Zoom Transportation.

It hit the streets three weeks ago and is taking off.

Peggy North says getting around in a wheelchair can be frustrating and she's happy there's a new cab service to depend on.

"I just want to be independent but sometimes I can't be," she said.

Childs hopes to hire one or two employees within the first year of business.

He also plans to get a van with a wheelchair lift.

"I want you to be able to get where you're going on time, reliably and safe and I want you to still be treated as anybody else would be," he said.

Because Childs also uses a wheelchair he isn't able to physically help others in or out of the car yet, but he says he hopes in a few months he can hire more employees.

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