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Published May 30, 2012, 06:22 PM

Moorhead taxi company looking to cross the river into Fargo

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It may soon be easier to get a taxi in Fargo. With high demand, a local business owner is looking to cash in with cabs, but right now, he can only operate in Moorhead and has to say no to anyone wanting a ride across the river into Fargo.

By: Lezlie Johnson , WDAY

It may soon be easier to get a taxi in Fargo. With high demand, a local business owner is looking to cash in with cabs, but right now, he can only operate in Moorhead and has to say no to anyone wanting a ride across the river into Fargo. Today the owner of GoCab pleaded his case at a public hearing to expand into Fargo.

Brume Obebeduo runs his taxi business out of his home. He has three cabs, but if his taxi license is approved in Fargo he will add 5 more as well as another location.

Brume Obebeduo – GoCab President: “My father owned a company in Nigeria. My brother currently has his own cab company as well. My sister and we felt it was the right time.”

Obebeduo is keeping the family tradition alive. The new business owner moved to Moorhead in 2005. Last year, he decided it was time to start his own taxi service. GoCab has been up and running in Moorhead since January, but with so many calls from Fargo business he had to turn down, it was time to branch out.

Brume Obebeduo: “We're hoping that an additional company would create options and competition in the area, then the cab company's here will have to focus on customer service.”

Obebeduo has seen a big increase in people needing taxi services, especially on the weekends. He's a step closer to helping meet the need after today's public hearing.

Commissioners approved the taxi license application.

Dave Piepkorn – Fargo City Commissioner: “The bottom line is if he meets all the criteria, then he's welcome to start a business and unless there is something specific that's my view of it.”

Commissioners will take action at the next Commission Meeting.

Not everyone at today's hearing was happy about the taxi expansion. Representatives from Doyle Yellow Checker Cab and Lucky 7 Taxi voiced their concerns and worries about losing riders to the MAT and Jefferson Line bus systems.

Laurie Dodd – Lucky 7 Taxi: “I just think that overall, during the day, it's a struggle to you know keep going.”

Obebeduo will find out in a couple of weeks if he can operate in Fargo.

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