POULSBO — Putting rubber to the road, and the World Wide Web in your hands, Viking Cab is the newest taxi service in Kitsap and aims to get riders from A to B in comfort and style.
In its sixth week of operation, the new taxi service covering the Poulsbo, Silverdale and Bremerton area and joins a handful of taxi services in the region and is already attracting customers. “We are a lot farther ahead than we thought we would be,” owner Andrew Alexandre said. “We have regular customers already.”
With Viking Cab, Alexandre wants to raise the bar on taxi service in the area. The cabs, 2014 Ford Fusion hybrids, are equipped with Wi-Fi, and passengers have access to a tablet for their pleasure. “Our daytime customers really enjoy having access to the internet,” Alexandre said. “We see customers reading the news, checking out the weather, and our nighttime customers love the fact they can jump online grab any song they like.”
Riders are offered other amenities as well, such as water. “If you’ve been walking around Poulsbo all day and spent all your money on wonderful Nordic gifts, you might want some water,” Alexandre said. “It’s a standard all businesses can do.”
He added, “Even though we are offering a progressive and modern solution to taxis and ground transportation, we still cost the same as just about any metered taxi in Washington.”
Viking Cab currently charges a $2.50 fee, then $2.50 per mile. The company joins a handful of taxi services in the Kitsap region. Alexandre said that he started the service in response to what he views as a poor state of taxi service in the region.
“Viking Cab is a solution to an otherwise shambled industry here in Kitsap,” he said. “We see, for lack of a better term, a failure in service provided by other companies, and a lack of respect for those companies. We wanted to offer a safer, better and more enjoyable experience for the customer.”
He added, “We are picking up the slack other companies have left behind. Our drivers get out of the vehicle and help you with your bags.”
The company is online at www.vikingcabco.com. The dispatch phone number for Viking Cab is 360-244-4420.