Taxi service offers safe rides in Lake Country
M&M Transport owner wants to expand through all of county

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

Dec. 14, 2014

 Mike Bero, Michelle McCormack and Mike Ellis with two of the vans M&M Transport uses to provide taxi service in the Lake Country area.  
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

HARTLAND — When Mike Ellis started his taxi business in Lake Country he wanted to provide affordable and safe service to an underserved area of the county.

Started in August 2012, M&M Transport has continued to grow with the help of word-of-mouth.

Ellis, who doesn’t operate from an office, serves all of Lake Country, including Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Sussex and Delafield. M&M Transport offers rides 24 hours per day, six days per week and Sunday by advanced appointment.

While working at a Waukesha cab company, Ellis said he felt customers were overcharged and he didn’t like that. So he used some of his own money to start his business with the goal of offering the best prices around.

“I am just trying to get people to where they want to go at a reasonable price,” Ellis said.

His customers range from autistic students who need a ride to Curative Care to an elderly person who needs a ride to an appointment to a person needing a safe ride home from the bar on a Friday night.

Ellis has a business partner, Michelle McCormack, who will also drive one of the three vans that fit six people on the weekends. There is another driver who comes in as needed. The majority of M&M Transport’s business is on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, he said.

Many of the Lake Country bars have Ellis’ contact information and can refer customers to him.

With offering rides 24 hours per day, Ellis said he will work as much as 18 to 20 hours daily, while napping between rides.

“It’s a small company. We have a good customer base,” he said, adding he wishes he would have started the business years ago.

M&M Transport continues to grow, Ellis said, and he hopes to eventually offer rides in all of Waukesha County’s 33 municipalities.

“I want to get from Brookfield to Oconomowoc, Okauchee, Muskego — I want them all,” he said.

Shannon Staupe-Darton of Hartland said Ellis and M&M Transport have proven to be a dependable mode of transportation for her and her friends.

“I never want to drink and drive so any time I’ve had an event or outing, I call M&M for a dependable, safe and affordable ride home,” she said. “It is definitely the smart and safe way to go whenever you are somewhere where you have consumed any alcohol. I am so happy M&M taxi is there for people.”

She also suggests setting up the service in advance because sometimes people can make it home safely despite drinking, so this will guarantee the right decision is made

At a glance

What: M&M Transportation
When: Taxi service 24 hours per day Monday through Saturday and Sunday by advanced appointment
Contact: 262-894-1889,