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About Winston Transportation Group

America’s first door-to-door share ride airport service

Our Story

In 1967, Tootsie Taxi was founded by Martin Laschever, servicing the Stony Brook, New York area which included the brand new State University of New York (SUNY) campus. Tootsie Taxi grew to become a respectable sized taxi company. Around the same time, airline travel in the United States was growing. No place else was that more evident than in the New York Metro area. JFK and LaGuardia airports were booming. In the early 1970’s more and more customers were asking Mr Laschever for service to the airports. Late 1972, Mr Laschever took a leap of faith and sold Tootsie Taxi to start his new business.

On July 23, 1973 WINSTON AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION was born and with it a whole new industry, “DOOR TO DOOR SHARED RIDE GROUND TRANSPORTATION to the airport”. At the time, he had no idea he was the “father” of a whole new industry. He was just trying to support his family.

Many people were going to the airport by taxi’s (private service), but his was a revolutionary new concept, never before thought of.

Our concept was well received by the public and Winston grew as the service became more popular. Other operators throughout the nation emulated our business model and entered the market to great success. Today, most major airport markets have shared ride service to and from their airports using our highly innovative business model.

To be the first organization in United States to provide shared ride, door-to-door service to the airport is a badge of honor that Winston is proud of and does not take lightly.

Today, Winston Transportation Group, the premier transportation company in the New York Metropolitan area offers quality service at reasonable rates. Serving LaGuardia, JFK, Newark and Islip Airports and New York City (all boros). Also, point to point private service to and from anywhere in the Tri-state metro area.

Sir Winston, our executive sedan and stretch limousine division, caters to proms, weddings, Broadway shows or any event where you will need quality, courteous, punctual transportation.


“Winston Transportation Group’s commitment is to be the best service-oriented company in the transportation/hospitality industry by exceeding the customer’s expectations in all aspects of our business.” Martin Laschever, Founder

“Our name defines us, and keeps us unique; it is the result of everything we do, and the foundation for our future growth. Uncompromising quality, superb guest service, cleanliness, responsiveness, reliability and the guest’s safety are the standards on which Winston Transportation was built, and upon which we continue to successfully operate today.”

“Our past achievements and growth have been impressive, but the real challenge is to ensure that our current guests become repeat guests. We have a responsibility to our guests to provide a quality service that is predicated on reliability, cleanliness and safety. We also must make our service easy for our guests to use; from making reservations through our reservation center or our internet reservation system, to ease in boarding, and at a cost that is perceived as an excellent value. These are the standards we use for our daily operating philosophy.”

~ Michael Laschever, President

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