Dodge City's growing population is prompting a surge in taxi service.


   Dodge City's growing population is prompting a surge in taxi service.
     Ten years ago, this service was unnecessary, but that has changed since more businesses and people are moving to Dodge City.
    That is what motivated Jose Ruvalcaba to start his own taxi service last year. He started with one taxi and now owns two since demand has increased, particularly on weekends.
    Before establishing his business, Ruvalcaba offered transportation services with tow trucks hauling asphalt and other construction materials. But, he said, the cost of maintaining his vehicles exceeded his profits.
    “Now I realize that while I offer a necessary service to the community, my taxi business is more profitable than my previous business,” he said.
    Ruvalcaba has lived in Dodge City for 39 years, and because he is bilingual, he has no problem communicating with his non-Spanish-speaking customers.               “Ninety percent of my customers are Hispanics. The rest are Anglo and even Somalis,” he said.
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