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A Card from a 94-years old woman named fanny sits on David Mohebbi's desk, thanking him for all the free rides he has given her.

Without his generosity, she would have missed doctors appointments, trips to the grocery stors, and more. But Fanny and Mohebbi have never met. Mohebbi is the president of Regency Taxi Inc, which is headquarted in Gaithersburg just off of Snoufer School Road, and for the past three years his company has been offering free taxi rides to senior citizens.

So how does a senior get a free ride?

As Mohebbi explained, starting the program just felt the right thing to do. "It was back in 2008 as the holiday season was approaching", He said. The economy was in free fall and senior citizens on fixed incomes were struggling. So he decided to offer free rides to those who needed them.

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A Card from a 94-years old woman named fanny sits on David Mohebbi's desk, thanking him for all the free rides he has given her.

He called it senior citizen transportation bailout, and he was overwhelmed by the response. "We were getting about 70 calls per week", he said. "The number of calls was overwhelming."

He had to decidec to put some limits on the programs and capped the number of rides at 100 per month, and within a 10 mile radius. But the driver would wait for the senior, so they wouldn't be standed, he said. After the 2008 holiday season, Mohebbi met with the Regency Taxi board of directors and urged to expand the program, make it year-round.

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