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Area taxi company feeling optimistic despite COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 9:59 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 14:39:28-04

ARANSAS PASS, Texas — In late March KRIS 6 News told you how many area taxi businesses were struggling to keep their doors open.

The only taxi service in Aransas Pass tells KRIS 6 News that it’s been a struggle to stay afloat due to the COVID-19 pandemic and finding no financial help federally or locally.

“Slow, real slow. It is down to $20-$30 a night sometime," said Coastal Bend Yellow Cab Taxi Company owner Frederick Furman. "It just started picking up since the stimulus checks came out. We believe that is what is helping anyway."

With more people working from home and staying inside, the Coastal Bend Yellow Cab Taxi Company has seen a decline in business.

“Real bad, real bad, you can tell with the drivers not knowing if they are going to make anything when they do come in. It is rough on everybody,” said Furman.

The rent is still there. The car payment, the insurance is there. It’s a very uncertain time for the drivers right now. But they are feeling very optimistic.

“Since about the first of the month, it has been tremendous," Furman said. "Getting back to where we were to do things. People in the community seem to be moving around doing a lot more than they did. So hopefully we will be able to keep going."

Before the coronavirus pandemic, The Coastal Bend Yellow Cab Taxi Company was just getting back on its feet, thanks to Hurricane Harvey.

Now, it is just another obstacle they have to overcome.