|New owners of Giddy Up Taxi ready to get up to speed posted on 01/01/2019|
Last August, Danielle Wauer started to help out running
Giddy Up Taxi, but things got off to a difficult start.
“Boy, I did not know what I was getting into,” Wauer said.
“After a while, I got a system down and I just keep improving it.”
Now, that system is all hers and her husband’s, as they
purchased the taxi company and fully took over operations on Nov. 6. And the
pair has some plans in place to keep improving things, with an eye to keep up
with Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing companies.
“We’re really turning it into more of a business,” Wauer
said, noting that they will add credit card capabilities, printed receipts for
work and medical trips, water bottles, cell phone chargers, improved interior
lighting, the option of texting in for a ride and even new vehicles in the
future for the fleet.
The company, with a total of six drivers, offers several
transportation options, including local fares, rides to the airport, wedding
shuttles, wine and concert tours and more.
“We get super super busy with (wedding shuttles),” Wauer
said. “Pretty much our whole summer is booked.”
She added that they also make the local mountain community a
priority, including adding a punch card for local rides that offers $10 off a
ride after six rides. And Wauer also noted they plan to build relationships
with mountain businesses and possibly create a brochure highlighting the area’s
offerings to offer customers.
“We’re really aiming to take care of the local people first
and foremost,” said Wauer, who moved to the mountain with her husband a little
more than a year ago. “The business has been such a blessing to us; it really
came at a time of great need. It really just came and rescued us.”
Giddy Up Taxi can be reached at 503-622-0398 or online at
giddyuptaxi.com. The business can also be found on Facebook and Yelp.
By Garth Guibord/MT