Laketran provides free rides to polls to vote in August 8 special election

Lake County residents can take Laketran’s Local Routes 1-9 or schedule a door-to-door Dial-a-Ride free to their polling location for the August 8 election. Free rides are also available for early voting before Election Day at the Lake County Board of Elections at 105 Main Street in Painesville.

Painesville resident Paul Tirpak, recently took advantage of Laketran’s Vote & Ride program to vote early in the special election. “I’m too old to walk to polls and have no other way to get to vote,” explained Tirpak on why he takes Laketran. “I think it’s important to vote and appreciate Laketran can get me there and the convenience of early voting.”

“Transportation should never be a barrier for someone to exercise their right to vote,” shared Laketran CEO Ben Capelle. “We’re more than happy to make sure our residents have access to the primary election so they can get to the polls or vote early.”

Polling locations in Lake County are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8.

Residents who prefer to take Laketran’s Local Routes 1-9 simply need to inform their bus driver when they board that they are going to vote or just voted and the trip will be free.

Dial-a-Ride, Laketran’s door-to-door service, will also provide rides to early voting or polling locations at no charge and require a reservation 1 to 12 business days in advance. To schedule a Dial-a-Ride reservation, call Laketran Customer Service at 440-354-6100.

“The Board of Elections applauds Laketran’s decision to offer free rides to the polling locations on Election Day. Many Lake County residents rely on their services to help get them to and from doctors’ appointments or their employers. We view the voting process as something just as vital to the everyday lives of our residents, so we are pleased Laketran is continuing with this program,” remarked Lake County Board of Elections Director, Ross McDonald.   

For early voting times or to find your voting location, contact the Lake County Board of Elections at 440-350-2700 or visit their website at