Cab companies welcome

All of a sudden, Rock Hill has three cab companies. And we say, the more the merrier.

Two newcomers -- the Nimba Cab Service and Carolina's Cab -- now will compete with Veterans Cab, a local landmark for years. Owners of both new cab companies believe the market is ripe in Rock Hill.

Charles Weanquoi, a Liberian native who moved to the United States in 1979, said he would stress quality of service in promoting Nimba Cab. He also operates a cab service in Cornelius N.C., and is former owner of a clothing store in Charlotte.

Pete Ferrigan, co-owner of Carolina's Cab, hit the ground running with a fleet of 22 Dodge Caravans, a full staff and a big advertising budget. He believes this area -- including York, Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Lake Wylie -- "needs a classy cab company."

Customers, no doubt, will enjoy having a choice of cab services. We hope growth and a clear need for transportation alternatives will allow all three companies to thrive.

Cabs have served the function in Rock Hill of a public transit service for many residents, especially the elderly who don't drive and those who can't afford to buy and maintain a car. Until the Rock Hill Dial-a-Ride service began operations last month, cabs were the only alternative in the city.

We welcome the new cab services and hope residents will benefit from the competition.

Rock Hill has attracted two new cab services, which will give residents more options.