A Florida mom fed up with traffic is revving up a business to ease the transportation blues for other parents. Sharron Gay was so busy at her old accounting job she often couldn’t pick up her kids after school on time.
“I was working in Miami and I was trying to get to Coral Springs, it’s almost impossible during rush hour traffic,” she says. “I’d sit there, heart pounding, blood pressure going up. I’d just end up getting there late.”
Sharron figured she couldn’t be the only frustrated parent, so she quit her job and started a taxi service with other driving moms. Her business began with neighbors and friends. Scott Brook’s 10-year-old daughter Samantha catches the taxi service to camp.
“I’m headed to the office and I don’t have to worry about bringing my little girl 25 minutes out of the way,” Brooks says. “Samantha’s Taxi” fare depends on mileage, but can cost around $20 a day round trip.
An aide walks riders to the door and parents get a phone call when kids arrive. Less than two months into her service, Sharron now thinks differently behind the wheel.
“Sitting in traffic I feel great because other parents are saying ‘Yes, I need you!’” she says.