LAKETRAN will run for free this week to promote public transit

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) – Laketran will offer free rides to passengers this week as part of Ohio Loves Transit Week.

The promotion runs from February 14-19, and officials said its goal is to celebrate people who rely on public transit and encourage others to try it.

“Public transit is essential for all segments of the community, including businesses, health and social service organizations, municipalities, individuals and their families. the officials said. “This has proven even truer throughout the pandemic. Laketran continued to find safe ways to provide transportation so essential workers can get to work, homebound seniors can get food and vaccinations, and dialysis and cancer patients have access to essential health care they need.

Laketran offers three modes of service for getting around Lake County, Cuyahoga County, and downtown Cleveland.

Local Routes 1 through 9 operate along major Lake County corridors from Wickliffe to Madison from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Park-n-Ride routes offer Cleveland commuters transit from eight different Lake County locations to downtown Cleveland during morning and evening rush hours.

“We really consider mobility a fundamental right and we want to make sure everyone can get where they need to go,” said Laketran CEO Ben Capelle. “Over the past year, we have partnered with employers to improve access to employment, as well as with area high schools so students can access internships or work opportunities in outside the classroom.

Officials added that in Ohio, 65 transit systems provide 80 million rides each year to riders who rely on transit to get to work, shop, get to medical appointments, s educate and entertain.

Laketran’s Dial-a-Ride service is available to anyone requiring transportation, including seniors and people with disabilities.

To get a ride through the service, call 440-354-6100.

Dial-a-Ride reservations must be made 1-12 days prior to travel.

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Melvin Z. Madore