|Son of Millbrook starts public transport service in Troy|
|Written by News Desk|
|Saturday, 21 September 2013 08:17|
Millbrook native Michael Root (pictured) graduated from Troy University then started a business to help the students there.
Photo: Special to The Indy
By BRIAN HODGE
Michael Root, a graduate of Stanhope Elmore High School, moved to Troy, AL after high school to attend Troy University. As a student there, Michael, like many others, recognized the need for Troy to have a reliable means of transportation, not just for students, but other residents in town.
As an alumni to the school and resident of the town, Root decided to take the first step in an ambitious public transit project that he hopes can grow to service other cities. Troy Transit, is the name of Root's business venture, which seems to be going places.
Photo: Troy Transit logo
"The goal of this company is to provide a safe and reliable service to students and the community, with Troy being host to a college. The city has been in need of some form of catered transportation for years. As a student there, I recognized the need for such a service. Now as an Alumni, I have taken the stand to make a difference in the community. My passion behind this company comes from a will to serve, which is one of the reasons I serve my country currently. Having a spiritual foundation has also taught me many lessons in life; one of those is compassion," Root says.
So what is catered transportation? Root says catered transportation simply means it is designed to operate specifically when the riders need it most. The company's main transportation assets a large SUV and a 12-passenger van.
"We are providing nightly transportation which not only allows for individuals to make safe choices for rides, but also removes unsafe drivers from the roadways," Root says.
One of the main focuses, Root says, along with providing a safe and reliable service, is to keep his rates low to ensure the market is geared toward the students.
"This is no 'get rich quick scheme' as I have conveyed to other reporters. The purpose behind this company is to provide a public service, and simply get the bills paid. My vision with this entity is to one day start my first charity and be able to offer similar services or provide another need to the community. We have already received tremendous support from the (Troy) City Council, and it showed clear with our one day turn-around on getting our license to operate. We are currently reaching out to all businesses as well as organizations on campus to try and cater to their needs," Root says.
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