Custom Cab offers accessible taxi serviceA few years ago, Dan O’Hearon, owner of Custom Cab, was successful in changing the city ordinance allowing wheelchair accessible cabs in Duluth. Custom Cab now has a new, improved van that allows transport of riders in even the large, power wheelchairs, the only accessible taxi in the Duluth-Superior area.
A few years ago, Dan O’Hearon, owner of Custom Cab, was successful in changing the city ordinance allowing wheelchair accessible cabs in Duluth.
Custom Cab now has a new, improved van that allows transport of riders in even the large, power wheelchairs, the only accessible taxi in the Duluth-Superior area.
“We’re very grateful for Custom Cab’s initiative,” said Bob Olsgard, transportation coordinator at North Country Independent Living. He said that now gives residents an accessible ride 24 hours a day, seven days week, throughout the year.
“It’s something we’ve been trying to make happen for a couple of years.” Olsgard said. “Dan O Hearon has just made an investment in freedom for people who need rides. Now they can go where they please when they please, just as easily as calling a cab.”
He said there’s no need to arranged the ride — available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — a week or day in advance.
O’Hearon said he realizes the need for people in wheelchairs to have an accessible cab, that they can call for any time they need a ride.
“Dan and I have worked very hard to build a service for an accessible van in the Twin Ports,” said Joe Thompson, Dan’s business partner. “We’ve been searching for a long time, to find the right van to accommodate all accessible wheelchairs. This van loads from the back, and is much better than the ones that load on the sides, with a lift. It can carry a person in a big wheelchair, and also has enough room for a few of their friends.”
Beverly Strongitharm, an advocate for people with disabilities in Duluth, had given Custom Cab input for what type of van to buy.
“I am thrilled about the new van,” she said. “Many of my friends have had problems getting rides to different events, and have ended up having to stay home. This service is such a great benefit to the Duluth and Superior area.
Even though I have my own accessible van, there are times it is in the shop being repaired. Now I can call Custom Cab and get a ride.”
“We thank him for taking the initiative, and we wish him the best,” Olsgard said.
O’Hearon and Custom Cab have been a long-time supporter and friend of people with disabilities, donating time and money to programs that support the Americans With Disabilities Act, and other services that help and support local residents with disabilities.
The dispatch phone number for Custom Cab is 218-341-9711. Visit www.customcabcoduluth.com for more information.