UPDATED: Friday, April 3, 2020 | 8:30 a.m.
Laketran launches Home-Delivered Grocery Program for seniors, starts virtual Travel Training
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 8:15 a.m.
Laketran continues to operate essential trips, modifies Park-n-Ride, suspends fares
In accordance with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Stay at Home order, Laketran requests that residents limit travel on public transit to essential trips as defined by the Ohio Department of Health. Laketran is glad to do our part in getting our community through this crisis, but for your safety and the safety of our employees and we encourage you to stay home if possible. What are essential trips?
Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our employees and customers, starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Laketran is suspending fare collection for all services until Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Laketran encourages all customers to sit apart to practice social distancing while on board buses.
Local Routes and Dial-a-Ride will continue to operate regular schedules.
Due to the abundance of telecommuting, beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Park-n-Ride Routes 10-12 will operate on a modified schedule.
Morning (AM) Departures
|5:50||6:25||5:50 (12X)||6:00 (12X)|
|6:45||6:50 (12X)||7:00 (12X)|
Evening (PM) Departures
Chester & East 21st
|4:00 (10X)||4:20 (12X)|
*The 5:50 p.m. Route 10 will serve all Park-n-Ride lots in Lake County, as needed.
UPDATED: Friday, March 20, 2020 | 2:30 p.m.
Laketran COVID-19 Building Visitor Policy
In order to provide a safe working environment for our employees, beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, we are asking that any public visits to the Laketran Headquarters (555 Lakeshore Blvd.) be by appointment only.
Appointments may be made directly with the department you are visiting or by calling Customer Service at 440-354-6100.
We ask that the public adhere to this new visitor policy until further notice. Updates will be posted here on our website.
This policy applies to our administrative offices and does not affect our bus operations.
We appreciate your cooperation during this time.
UPDATED: Friday, March 13, 2020 | 8:00 a.m.
The News Herald | Friday, March 13, 2020
With justified health concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus, Laketran officials this week reached out to the Lake County General Health District in efforts keep abreast of additional information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding guidance and advice.
In a notice posted to the agency’s website, Laketran officials emphasized safety as its main priority, ensuring that the 2,500 daily customers and 229 employees remain protected from harm/illness.
“It is our standard protocol to wash and sanitize every bus daily and we will continue to do so,” the statement reads. “As an extra level of precaution, Laketran is spending more time wiping down high touchpoints on our buses with disinfectant each day. However, please remember, surfaces are only disinfected until someone touches or cough/sneezes on them….
“Antiseptic wipes have been ordered to equip our drivers to use as needed. Each year, we provide all employees access to free flu shots. While flu shots do not vaccinate against COVID-19, they do help our employees stay healthy, which keeps you healthy….”
Laketran also noted seats on 2017 and newer Dial-a-Ride buses are antibacterial and antimicrobial, which in general provides another line of defense against the spreading of germs.
Ben Capelle, CEO of Laketran, said the agency intends to remain open during the crisis.
“We are taking the threat of COVID-19 very seriously and are closely monitoring the situation in Northeast Ohio,” he added. “We will be taking directives from state and local officials, and may have to adjust how we provide service depending on their recommendations.
“We have already planned how we will prioritize service if we need to and we will continue to be there to take people to medical appointments.”
In addition to standard public transportation services, Laketran, as a member of Lake County’s Emergency Management Agency, also assists first responders in emergency management situations and moving people in a crisis.
UPDATED: Monday, March 9, 2020 | 12:45 p.m.
There is a lot of concern surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its potential impact. We have been in contact with the Lake County General Health District and are staying on top of information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for advice and guidance.
At Laketran, our first priority is to keep our 2,500 daily customers and 229 employees safe. It is our standard protocol to wash and sanitize every bus daily and we will continue to do so. As an extra level of precaution, Laketran is spending more time wiping down high touchpoints on our buses with disinfectant each day. However, please remember surfaces are only disinfected until someone touches or cough/sneezes on them.
Antiseptic wipes have been ordered to equip our drivers to use as needed. Each year, we provide all employees access to free flu shots. While flu shots do not vaccinate against coronavirus, they do help our employees stay healthy, which keeps you healthy.
While there are currently no reported cases of the coronavirus in Ohio, there are still proactive steps we can all take reduce the spread of germs onboard our buses and in the community. Laketran encourages you to follow the recommendations of the CDC:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).