Norma McCloud is happy things are finally going her way -- to her appointments and while running errands.
Brazil's new taxi service, Going Our Way provides transportation to anyone needing a ride.
"I begged people all over town for rides," said McCloud, who hasn't driven for seven years because of Parkinson's disease. "When you're used to driving and not staying at home, you need reliable transportation." After riding the first time Wednesday with Going Our Way owner Risa Cole, McCloud was impressed with the driver's assistance on a three-hour jaunt to the park, antique shop and shopping for groceries.
"I think she'll do good at it," she said, adding she knows many of her neighbors in the Jackson Street apartment complex will utilize the service. Agreeing with her first client that there's a need for transportation in the community, especially after hearing complaints from several residents about the lack of service, Cole was determined to help out.
"So many people can't get to the doctor's office or grocery store, because they don't have a ride," she said. "A lot of people need rides back and forth to work everyday."
Cole will transport regular and spur-of-the-moment customers to destinations in Brazil and the surrounding areas, including Terre Haute. Around town rides in Cole's black Renault station wagon are at a rate of $5, more than three stops for $7 and to Terre Haute and back for $12.
Taxi rides are available until 9 p.m. everyday except Sundays, when there won't be any runs. Cole will offer rides until 1 p.m. Saturday. She'll also do the errands for her clients.
"I've gotten quite a few calls since putting my first ad in the paper last Friday," Cole said. It's important that clients call in advance, at 443-8711, to book doctor appointments, since those will have priority over grocery store, beauty shop visits and other miscellaneous outings.