LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - La Crosse's Bee Cab said it will have all its taxis on the road New Years Eve night.
Plus, two dispatchers will be at the office taking calls to aid with what they call one of the busiest shifts for cab drivers.
"It is extremely busy," said Sara Volzka, a Bee Cab taxi driver. "It's like trying to find a needle in the haystack for your customer, trying to make sure everyone gets home safely. It could be quite difficult to work a New Years Eve."
Volzka said ringing in the New Year keeps the company phone ringing off the hook.
On a normal day, she said she shuttles about 25 customers to their destination. On New Years Eve, that number bumps up to 40.
"It can be very, very frustrating, very stressful, because you know that there's probably triple the amount of people trying to get somewhere," Volzka said, adding it's especially chaotic downtown, where thousands of people are at the bars.
To help a cab driver find you, Volzka said it's as simple as crossing the street from 3rd Street, to 2nd Street to avoid some of the crowds.
"It's very hard for (taxi services), and for them to have a couple hours wait time is not unusual on New Years Eve," said Sgt. Alan Iverson of the La Crosse Police Department.
Iverson said do not drive if you've been drinking. But if you can't get a cab, have a backup.
"Communicate with friends, family and find alternative rides. At least have them available incase they can't get a cab," Iverson said.
Bee Cab employees said sometimes they get so many requests New Years Eve that there could be a one to two hour wait for a taxi by the middle of the night.
They encourage people to share cab rides or call a sober driver.
Just like the police, Volzka's goal is for everyone to be safe.
"The most important thing is to make sure people get home. That they're not drinking and driving and they are being as safe as possible."
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