El Dorado native Robert Moore’s dream of owning and operating a certified taxi service has been a goal he has been working on for years, but has only recently come to fruition.
âI started when I was 16, but I didn’t have the money for all the degrees. But, what I did was do it until I was able to save enough money. Once I did, I got credentials and everything to open my business, âMoore said.
In his early days, Moore saw work as something to do in his spare time.
âIt was really a fun thing to do, but everyone kept telling me to get a license to do it for real, that it could be a nice legitimate business. I thought about it and went to the town hall to talk and learn; they helped me with a brochure to read and things like that. And I just kept saving money, âMoore said
Moore actually got his certifications to operate in Union County and statewide last August, but needed repairs, including an entirely new engine for his vehicle, kept him from starting in earnest until recently.
Now Moore is officially in business with Rob Dogg’s Taxi Cab Service. The name comes from Moore’s nickname, which was given to him by his best friend as a teenager and has stuck with him ever since.
Her clientele so far has ranged from visitors needing a ride from the airport and the elderly needing a doctor’s appointment to younger ones just looking to get from point A to point B.
âI have older people, younger people; a lot of different people are calling. People are calling regularly from the local airport, needing to go to a motelâ¦ I take people to their doctor’s appointments and just try to help wherever I can help, âsaid Moore .
Its taxi service charges $ 20 for a ride anywhere in El Dorado, with an additional $ 2 for each stop made along the way. He is also certified and willing to work throughout Arkansas.
For now, Moore runs his taxi service on his own, taking calls and picking up passengers on his Ford Expedition. However, he intends to expand beyond the taxi service into other businesses.
âSoon I will be opening a limousine service and roadside assistance service for El Dorado and the surrounding community. We don’t have much like that here, so I want to have a few cars here to help people who break down, âsaid Moore.
He also plans to make the service a family affair.
âI have a son who is about to turn 15, so in a year or two I want to teach him everything I know and hope he starts driving. [a taxi] too, âMoore said.
Moore said his certifications eventually allow him to add up to 12 cars to his service and hire more drivers.
While he is looking forward to growing and meeting his future business goals, Moore said that, for now, he is excited to provide his taxi service to El Dorado.
âI am grateful to be able to start my business and truly grateful to serve the community. It has been a real blessing to be able to get my LLC and I am very happy about it, âsaid Moore.
Rob Dogg’s Taxi Service can be reached at (870) -310-0876 or on Facebook at Robert’s Taxi Service.