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Cab companies say wait is increasing in oil patch

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Residents from a North Dakota city in the middle of the state's oil patch say it's getting harder to hail a taxi.

Representatives from two cab companies in Minot say increases in population, airplane flights, hotels and traffic have doubled the time it takes to respond to calls for service.

Customers have been waiting up to half an hour for a cab.

Chris Braun, manager of Central Cab, says some people are also requesting longer rides. Her cabs have taken customers to Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota.

Braun says it's also becoming more difficult to retain drivers and dispatchers.

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