Laketran is the regional transit authority for Lake County, Ohio. The agency was established on December 23, 1974 by resolution of Lake County Commissioners Robert Martin, John Platz and Michael Coffey. The name, “Laketran”, was adopted in 1979.
In November 2014, Laketran celebrated its 40th Anniversary. Here’s a video that tells the story of Laketran: 40 Years Moving Forward.
Laketran is Lake County’s regional public transportation system that provides three types of bus services: local bus routes, demand response Dial-a-Ride, and Park-n-Ride for Cleveland commuters.
All services are open to the public. The fleet servicing these routes consists of 16 kneeling local route buses, 22 motor coach buses for commuter service, and 76 paratransit vans for Dial-a-Ride. Laketran’s bus fleet is 100% ADA accessible and equipped with a lift.
In 2014, Laketran carried over 750,000 riders. About 300,000 of our passengers use in-county, local bus routes each year, 200,000 Park-n-Ride customers commute to Cleveland annually, and 250,000 seniors and people with disabilities use Laketran’s nationally recognized door-to-door Dial-a-Ride, which offers customized trips by appointment. Many Laketran routes connect to or transfer with Cleveland RTA routes, allowing Lake County residents transit access to Cuyahoga County. Riders can use Laketran and Cleveland RTA schedules to plan their travel throughout Northeast Ohio.
Laketran’s annual operating budget is $13.1 million for 2014. The agency’s primary source of income is a one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) county sales tax, which accounts for sixty percent (60%) of Laketran’s operating budget. Approximately 10 percent of revenues are generated from passenger fares, 17 percent from federal and state aid, and the remaining revenue comes from new subsidies such as Medicaid IO waivers and Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation.
Laketran is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees. Trustees are appointed for three-year terms by the Lake County Commissioners. Trustees set policy and oversee strategic direction. Daily operations are managed by an administrative team consisting of a General Manager, Deputy General Manager and departmental directors of operations, human resources, maintenance, finance and communications. Laketran employs just over 150 full and part-time drivers.
Accessibility is important at Laketran – not only in terms of equipment, but to those who operate the system as well. Drivers are trained to assist riders with disabilities and special needs.
Laketran was recognized by the American Public Transit Association for Outstanding Achievement for a small system in 2000 and again in 2005. The agency has also consistently been awarded recognition for excellence in financial budgeting and reporting, communications and federal triennial reviews. We take pride in providing professional, friendly, safe and affordable service.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you and the citizens of Lake County, Ohio.