Laketran honors veterans with weeklong discount on transit services

To honor our Lake County veterans, Laketran will be offering free rides to veterans during the week of Veterans Day from Monday, November 7 – Saturday, November 12.

Laketran customers on Local Routes and Park-n-Ride will need to inform their driver that they are a veteran when they board the bus for their trip to be free. Dial-a-Ride customers should inform Laketran of their veteran status when scheduling their reservation.

“Each year, Laketran provides nearly 5,000 Dial-a-Ride trips to Lake County veterans to access healthcare appointments. It is the least we can do for the sacrifice that veterans have given to our country,” said Laketran CEO, Ben Capelle. “We would like to continue to show our support and appreciation by offering free rides to veterans on all of our services.”

For over 25 years, Laketran has operated a special Veterans Medical Transportation service, in partnership with Lake County Veterans Service Commission and Lake County Commissioners. The Veterans Medical Transportation provides free door-to-door, Dial-a-Ride transportation for Lake County veterans and their spouses to the county’s VA outpatient clinic, administration office, and the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in University Circle.

Laketran expanded the program subsidizing free Dial-a-Ride transportation to any adult day care or medical appointment for Lake County veterans, either in Lake County or to University Circle hospitals.

Driver Ashley G. picks up Army veteran Ralph Carter for an appointment at Cleveland VA hospital
Driver Ashley G. picks up Army veteran Ralph Carter for an appointment at Cleveland VA hospital

Ralph Carter is a regular rider who uses Laketran’s Veterans Medical Transportation. The 20-year resident of Eastlake served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971. He has been riding Laketran for nearly 20 years, taking Dial-a-Ride trips to his medical appointments in Cleveland and Lake County. Like many veterans, to Ralph the service is integral to his well-being.

“I wouldn’t be able to get to my medical appointments, especially downtown, without Laketran,” he says. “I don’t drive. I use Laketran to get to all my appointments.”

For more information about the services offered by Lake County Veterans Service Commission, visit or to register for Veterans Medical Transportation call 440-350-2904.