No free ride on New Years Eve this year in Raynham: Says Michael Quish
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#1 Feb 26, 2012
Town limo service ends six-year practice
RAYNHAM After providing free limousine service to residents on New Years Eve for the past six years, Raynham resident and business owner Michael Quish said there will be no free limousine service for residents this year.
During an interview from his home last week, Quish, owner of MSM Exec Limousines of Raynham, said requests for the service on New Years Eve began slowing down three years ago.
I started the service hoping to keep drunk drivers off the road, Quish said.
But, he said, requests began to slow year after year during the past three years. And last year I only picked up about 40 people, although I had passed out fliers at all of the bars in Raynham, some restaurants and the dog track.
Quish also noted that the present economy combined with increased expenses in areas such as insurance for his vehicles, that almost doubled during the past three years, and higher tolls forced him to file for bankruptcy, sell six of his vehicles and close his Route 44 office.
The economy took its toll and now Im only running one bus, Quish said about picking up parties of 24 now to transport to places like Newport, R.I., and Foxwoods in Connecticut.
He said he recently signed a contract with Foxwoods for the service.
At one time I had seven vehicles, eight drivers, one girl who worked in the office and someone who came in on weekends to clean, he said.
He said he started his business in April 2003 with high expectations and it seemed to thrive, but then came the downturn in the economy.
I had all these big car payments, Quish said,and I wasnt prepared for any of this. And it seems that every executive in the country got a bailout but the small business owner.
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