Unlikely Group Taking Advantage of Navasota Cab Service

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

It's a service you wouldn't expect to find in Navasota.
And you might be even more surprised to find out which group of people are using the new taxi-cab service the most.

Beth and Bonnie have been friends for years.
They're 68 and 71years old, but hardly consider themselves senior citizens.

Beth Downing said, "I still drive and I do well."

Still, there are times when they need help getting around Navasota.

Downing said, "There were several older ladies here in town, and some of them are impaired with hearing and eye disabilities, and so we didn't feel comfortable riding with them, so we thought it would be good to call the cab."

The most recent numbers show Navasota's population is 7,049.
Of these people, more than 900 of them are 65 years old and older.

"This helps them be a little more independent, when they can come and go on their schedule, instead of somebody else's," said Cris Barham, who owns The Navasota cab and courier service.

Its been rolling through the area since December and now, they're averaging about 20 calls a day.

"If they have to go to a doctor appointment...and not everyone has children or grandchildren here that are in a position to come and go when they need...and face it, everybody loves their independence," explained Barham.

Navasota is trying to become a state certified retirement community and this is one way residents are doing their part to attract, let's say, more "mature" people to the area.

It's $3 to use the Navasota Cab and Courier service, plus $2 dollars per mile after that.
Other cities like Hearne and Caldwell don't have their own taxi service.

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