Painesville City Local Schools and Laketran launch “Raiders GO” to improve access for Harvey High School students

Painesville City Local Schools has recently collaborated with Laketran to provide a new student transit benefit program. Raiders GO is a partnership that will allow Harvey High School students, grades 9-12, to ride Laketran’s Local Route 1-9 free of charge wherever they are traveling – be it to campus, internships, activities, local resources, or after school jobs.

“Transportation for our families is a continual barrier in which we are always looking for solutions,” explained Kristin Oriani of Harvey High School.

To address this, Painesville City Local Schools partnered with Laketran to provide an additional transportation opportunity for high school students to increase access to real-world learning opportunities and community resources in northeast Ohio.

Raiders GO is now available to students. Permission from parents or guardians is needed for students to participate in the program and students can register at the school’s hub.

“We are very excited to be launching Raiders GO with Painesville City Local Schools,” shared Laketran CEO Ben Capelle. “This program will provide a reliable and affordable way for students to access educational and economic opportunities, as well as bring awareness to public transportation.”

“We have many parents contact us about transportation options so students can take advantage of programs off-campus, including internships, college classes, and career development programs,” continued Capelle. “Neither Painesville City Local Schools nor Laketran want transportation to be a barrier for students to participate in these programs. Raiders GO guarantees students can access these programs and get jobs that will help them now and into the future.”

Students at Harvey High School have many route options when choosing public transportation to get where they need to go. Laketran’s Painesville Circulator, Route 5, travels throughout Painesville with service to the high school, downtown Painesville and Fairport Harbor.  The Painesville Transfer Center along N. St. Clair Street provides connections to Routes 1, 4 and 9. Laketran’s Route 1 serves Mentor Avenue and continues to Lakeland Community College. Route 9 travels to Heisley Road via Diamond Centre during peak hours with access to the Tyler Boulevard manufacturing corridor. Route 4 travels eastbound through Painesville Township and Perry to Madison.