Laketran offers residents free transportation to COVID vaccinations

Laketran is providing free, accessible transportation to any Lake County resident in need of a ride to a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Jean Harvey holds her vaccine card after receiving her 1st dose on Friday Feb 5

Lake County residents can use Laketran’s local route buses or door-to-door Dial-a-Ride service.

For Laketran’s door-to-door Dial-a-Ride service, customers must schedule a reservation by calling 440-354-6100.  Laketran recommends making a reservation for Dial-a-Ride as soon as you have a confirmed vaccine appointment. Reservations for Dial-a-Ride can be made a minimum of one day in advance and up to 12 days prior to an appointment.

If a vaccination appointment is at a drive-thru site, Laketran customers will remain on the same bus for the entire trip. Laketran will transport residents through the entire vaccine process and return you home safely.

Kirtland resident, Jean Harvey, received her first vaccination last Friday at the Coulby Park distribution site using Laketran.

“The whole process went very smoothly. My bus was on time, the line wasn’t very long, and I didn’t even have to get off the bus – I couldn’t ask for anything better,” shared Harvey. “I usually ride Laketran about twice a week. During the pandemic I have continued to ride when necessary, like doctor’s appointments or shopping, and have always felt safe.”

Residents who prefer to take Laketran’s Local Routes 1-9 can call Laketran Customer Service at 440-354-6100 and request four bus passes be added to their EZfare account or mailed to them.

“We are here to help in any way we can to get our community through this pandemic and move forward,” said Laketran CEO Ben Capelle. “We’ve responded with our mobile food pantry bus and now we want to make sure every resident has the opportunity to get vaccinated.”

Lake County residents who need transportation assistance to get a COVID-19 vaccine can call Laketran at 440-354-6100 to schedule a Dial-a-Ride or get route information.