Marion County has a lot qualities.
A university, friendly residents, beautiful state parks, and a lot of rail trails.
One thing it didn't have was a door-to-door auto transportation system. Until now.
"We provide transportation to the citizens of Marion County," said Michael Allevato, of Allevato Auto Transportation. "A lot of people in Marion County don't have transportation."
With the help of his wife and the Marion County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Michael Allevato has decided to help.
"The Marion County Transit Authority has been great to work with us and if there is a special event going on they are willing to extend their hours," said Leisha Elliott, Marion County CVB Director. "But if you have somebody that's being dropped off at 10 in the evening, their choices are very limited."
Helping the community is exactly why Allevato started his business.
"There wasn't a taxi service, there wasn't a transport service so we started talking to people and asked them if that was a service that they would need," Allevato said. "A lot of people said yes that was a service that they needed. So we started it and we had a big response from it."
Allevato brings people to work, brings them to the airport, and even takes and picks them up from the bars.
"You can go out and maybe if you want to have a few drinks, you don't have to worry about drinking and driving and the ramifications of that," Elliott said.
"We pick them up at their doorstep, take them where they want to go, and make sure they get home safely," Allevato said.
Allevato is the sole employee and works 24/7.
He said he hopes it's not for long.
"I'd like to see it grow," he said. "I would like to see the citizens of Marion County know they have someone they can count on."
If you're a Marion County resident and would like additional information on Allevato's Auto Transportation service, contact Michael Allevato at 304-612-7483.