NEWS | Feb. 16, 2012

When taking a cab, who should you call?

By Senior Airman Anthony Hyatt 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Recently, a number of taxi companies have been denied access to the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base and Weapons Station because of security precautions.

According to Robert Trout, 628th Security Forces Squadron plans and programs chief, anyone using a taxi to commute to and from JB Charleston - Air Base or Weapons Station should be aware that only a select number of taxi companies are being allowed to enter the bases.

Some companies are prohibited from entering the Air Base and Weapons station because their drivers don't have valid Defense Biometrics Identification Cards granting individuals access to the base.

"These drivers won't receive DBIDs cards if their packages are disapproved," said Trout. "We run a criminal background check on each taxi driver that submits a package and many of them are not allowed to enter the base because of in-depth criminal records."

Below is a current list of companies approved to enter the Air Base and Weapons Station. The list is subject to change at any time:

· Yellow Cab Taxi, 577-6565
· Mt. Pleasant Shuttle, 971-4901
· Battlestar Express, 697-7810
· Yellow Van Taxi, 406-3555
· Footy's Taxi, 330-7352
· Carolina Cab, 209-7152
· Signature Ride Taxi, 696-1906
· Elite Limo Service, 814-6905
· Lewis & Lewis Taxi, 821-0431
· Coastal Limo & Transportation, 810-0110
· Shuttle Etc., 552-0406

For additional information on JB Charleston's gate entry process, contact the 628th SFS at 963-3623.

(*The listing is provided for information only and no federal endorsement of the above mentioned services is intended.)