Discounted Fare Partnership Programs

All of the discounted fare programs below are subsidized programs offered in partnership with local community agencies.

Lakeland Community College Students

Lakeland Community College offers free transportation to students on Laketran’s Routes 1-9. Student must swipe a valid student ID at the fare box each time they board.  Schedules are available in Admissions, Library, and AFC.  Laketran also offers free Campus Loop (Route 7) service to get around campus.

Mentor High School

Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, Mentor High School will offer Cardinal Go, a student transit benefit that provide free transportation to students on Laketran’s Routes 1-9. Student must register with Mentor Public Schools to participate in the program. Once students are enrolled, they will scan Laketran’s EZfare app each time they board to ride for no charge.  More details coming in August 2021.

Lake County Veterans

Laketran, in partnership with the Lake County Veterans Service Commission and Lake County Commissioners, provides Lake County veterans with free Dial-a-Ride transportation to any medical or adult day care appointment and any VA location within Laketran’s service area. Veterans must register with Lake County Veterans Service Commission to be eligible for free medical transportation. Here is more information on Laketran’s Veterans Medical Transportation.

Going to Senior Centers or RSVP volunteer assignments in Lake County

Dial-a-Ride transportation to any and from any Lake County Senior Center or RSVP of Lake County volunteer assignment is provided free of charge to all Lake County seniors (60 years or older).  Dial-a-Ride trips are paid through the Lake County Senior Services Levy and will pay for a ride to and from the senior center.  RSVP volunteers must be approved through the RSVP office prior to scheduling rides on Laketran. Seniors must show their Golden Buckeye card when boarding.

Seniors/Citizens with Disabilities in Perry Township (including North Perry Village and Perry Village)

Perry Township will pay the $2.50 in-county ($5.00 out of county/medical only) Dial-a-Ride fare for resident seniors/individuals with disabilities. Seniors (sixty years of age or older)/individuals with disabilities must show their Golden Buckeye card to receive this benefit. No registration is required.

Seniors/Citizens with Disabilities in Wickliffe

The City of Wickliffe provides seniors and individuals with disabilities local transportation through the city’s Senior Bus Transportation. For more information call (440) 943-7120.  For transportation outside Wickliffe’s service area, the city will pay Laketran’s $2.50 in-county Dial-a-Ride fare for resident seniors/individuals with disabilities registered with the City of Wickliffe. Seniors/individuals with disabilities must show their Golden Buckeye card to receive this benefit.

Seniors/Citizens with Disabilities in Willoughby

The City of Willoughby will pay $1 toward any in-county Dial-a-Ride fare for resident seniors/individuals with disabilities registered with the city. Seniors/individuals with disabilities are responsible for paying the remaining $1.50 in-county fare. The City of Willoughby will also pay up to $1 towards the fare for Laketran’s Cuyahoga County Medical Service. Seniors/individuals with disabilities are responsible for paying the remaining $4 of the fare.

To receive a discounted bus fare, Willoughby residents must register for a Laketran Transportation Card with the City of Willoughby at the Willoughby Senior Center located at 36939 Ridge Rd.  The senior center is open Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:30. Call 440-951-2832 for more information.

Medicaid Recipients

If you are a Medicaid recipient, the cost of your transportation to some Medicaid-approved health care services may be covered by Medicaid. In these instances, the rider does not pay a fare. For more information contact Lake County Job and Family Services and ask about Laketran’s Medicaid Non-Emergency Transportation by calling 440-350-4212.