A new taxi service is now in operation in Worthington – The Globe

WORTHINGTON – People who need a ride, whether across town or out of town, now have a new option thanks to one of Worthington’s newest companies.

USA Transportation Service began offering taxi services in Worthington on October 3. Owned by Ayano Badassa, the taxi service currently operates with a single vehicle and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Badassa is the only driver, but if he manages to grow his business, he hopes to expand both his taxi fleet and the number of employees. For now, he has bought a Honda CR-V and can carry up to four riders at a time.

“I see a lot of people walking sometimes – no commute,” Badassa said of starting his taxi business. The community has been without taxi service for much of this year, and it wants to meet the need, whether it’s transporting people to work, to the grocery store or to a doctor’s appointment.

“The taxi can go anywhere – it depends on what they need,” Badassa said, noting that he charges a flat fee of $5 for a ride within the city limits of Worthington and 2,000. $75 per mile for requests that take it out of Worthington. To arrange a ride, USA Transportation Service can be contacted at (507) 370-7100.

Badassa received guidance from Jose Lamas, an extension financial capability educator from the University of Minnesota, who helped him register his business name and continues to work with him on developing a business plan. ‘business. Together, the two toured the city, hanging posters and handing out business cards to publicize the taxi service.

Support was also secured from the Southwest Small Business Development Center.

“He needed to be able to accept credit card payments,” Lamas explained, adding that he helped Badassa set up an account to accept credit card payments.

Owning a business was a dream come true for Badassa, who moved to Worthington in December 2006. He hoped to open an African grocery store locally, but it wasn’t financially feasible. Instead, he spent 13 years working for JBS in Worthington, then took time off during the global pandemic to stay home with his family. In February, he returned to the workforce with a job at Walmart.

Originally from Ethiopia, Badassa and his wife, Bedhatu Yayo, left their native country in July 2006 because they no longer felt safe. They were eventually able to bring their three children to the United States and added three more children to their family after arriving in America.

Badassa’s wife is a teaching assistant at Headstart, and their three oldest children are in college – one at Minnesota State University-Mankato, one at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and the third at the United World College of the American West. Those still at home include a high school student, a ninth grader and a kindergartener.

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