GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - After two years of preparations, hearings, and red tape, a brand new taxi service is finally ready to hit the streets of Grand Junction.
K2 is the name of the second highest mountain in the world -- and for the past two years, Grand Junction resident Kevan Kohlman feels like he's been climbing every inch of it trying to get his new taxi company, also called K2, off the ground.
"There were a couple of moments where I was getting kind of skeptical," said Kohlman. "But I held firm and I was confident that if I gave it my all I could make it happen."
And today, after months of delays with state agencies, protests by another local taxi service, and a mountains of paperwork, he's nearly reached the summit.
"I'm feeling very excited," said Kohlman. "I'm looking forward to serving the people of Grand Junction."
In May, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission granted Kohlman the license he needs to operate K2 taxi. Now, it just has to approve his rates.
"Once they approve it, we get our number, and then we can start picking people up," said Kohlman. "So this weekend or next week ideally."
K2 will start out with three taxis that run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- then expand to five in the not so distant future.
"We'll go from there, we'll see how we do here in the Valley," said Kohlman.
If they early response from the public is any indication, his neon green fleet could bring in some serious green. With only one cab company in town currently, many say more taxis are good things to have.
"Hopefully my wait for a taxi will go from one hour to thirty minutes," said Tashina Jasso in a post on the KKCO NBC 11 News facebook page.
"Free enterprise and business competition is great," posted Rick Simonsen.
Whether K2 gets off to a hot start has yet to be seen -- but it's not likely that his unique cabs will stay under the radar for long.
"I wanted them to really jump," said Kohlman.
Kohlman says K2 will require about six dispatchers and 10 to 20 drivers. He's still hiring.
To reserve a cab, you can call (970) 242-4652.