Proudly serving over 750,000 riders each year, Laketran is Lake County, Ohio’s regional public transportation system offering nine Local Routes, door-to-door Dial-a-Ride, and three commuter Park-n-Ride routes with service between Lake County and Downtown Cleveland.
Download the 2022 Laketran System Map to see where all the Local Routes and Park-n-Ride connect in Lake County and to and from downtown Cleveland. Laketran is nationally known for its expansive Dial-a-Ride service that is available to the general public. A trip on Laketran’s accessible, door-to-door Dial-a-Ride service requires a reservation 1-12 days in advance.
Laketran is proud to serve the residents of Lake County. Enjoy Laketran’s 2021 Annual Report that highlights how the agency achieved many major milestones including the deployment of Ohio’s first zero emissions, battery-operated electric bus fleet, opening the Frank J Polivka and Wickliffe Park-n-Ride transit centers, and installing on-route fast charges to support the electric bus fleet at both transit centers and the Julie Cunningham Painesville Transfer Center. The report also shares Laketran’s effort in supporting the health of our community by providing transportation to COVID-19 vaccination clinics, and the launch of the Lake County Mobile Food Pantry and the workforce development program called Transit GO. The comprehensive report shares how Laketran is fulfilling its mission through its three main services: Local Routes, Dial-a-Ride and Park-n-Ride. The agency’s capital fund and 2021 operating budget are also included.
Laketran takes pride in providing professional, friendly, safe and affordable transportation to the residents of Lake County. In 2020, Laketran carried 432,000 riders during the COVID-19 pandemic, but traditionally serves over 750,000 customers each year. On average, Laketran serves 300,000 passengers using in-county Local Routes; 160,000 Park-n-Ride customers commuting between Lake County and Cleveland, and 290,000 seniors and people with disabilities using Laketran’s nationally recognized door-to-door Dial-a-Ride. For regional access Laketran connects to Cleveland RTA along our Local Routes at E.260 St. & Euclid Ave. and Shoregate Shopping Center and in downtown Cleveland using Park-n-Ride. To access Geauga County, Laketran’s Dial-a-Ride service connects with Geauga County Transit at TriPoint Medical Center or Auburn Career Center.
All services are open to the public. Laketran’s fleet of buses consists of 16 kneeling local route buses, 20 motor coach buses for commuter service, and over 90 paratransit vans for Dial-a-Ride. Laketran’s bus fleet is 100% ADA accessible and every bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift or ramp. Accessibility is very 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 including CPR/First Aid training, disability sensitivity, assisting passengers with service animals, communicating with hearing or visually impaired customers, maneuvering and securing mobility devices, and transferring individuals to a seat.
Laketran is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees appointed for three-year terms by the Lake County Commissioners. Trustees set policy and oversee strategic direction. Laketran employs about 220 employees. 70% of employees are full and part-time bus drivers, 9% are mechanics, 15% of employees are dispatchers and operation supervisors, while only 6% are administrative employees.
Laketran’s 2020 operating expenses were $19.2 million. Laketran’s 2020 operating revenues were $30.3 million. Laketran’s 2020 revenues are made up of the following: Laketran’s half of one percent (0.50%) local county sales tax accounts for nearly 55.4%, passenger fares 3.6% which includes contracts such as Medicaid Non-Emergency Transportation trips, federal and state grants 36.3% and miscellaneous revenue 4.7% . Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the following years: 2020, 2021 and 2022 will vary compared to history, especially regarding federal and state grant revenue.
Laketran has received 26 years of consecutive clean audits from the Ohio Auditor of State. A Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is prepared by Laketran’s Finance Department and represents Laketran’s commitment to provide accurate, concise and high-quality financial information to the Board of Trustees, interested parties and Lake County residents. Download the 2020 Laketran CAFR here.
Laketran was recognized by the American Public Transit Association for Outstanding Achievement for a small system in 2000 and again in 2005. In 2005, Laketran was also recognized by the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce as the Lake County Organization of the Year. The agency has also consistently been awarded recognition for excellence in financial budgeting and reporting, communications and federal triennial reviews.
Laketran was established as the Lake County regional transit authority on December 23, 1974 by resolution of Lake County Commissioners Robert Martin, John Platz and Michael Coffey. The name, “Laketran”, was adopted in 1979.
Laketran is committed to providing quality public transportation services to all Lake County residents with a special emphasis on meeting the transportation needs of senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Starting out very lean with borrowed buses in 1970’s and 1980’s, Laketran has transformed into a modern fleet of 162 vehicles traveling over 3.9 million miles a year. Check our 40th Anniversary video: Laketran: 40 Years Moving Forward.