Laketran Secures Federal Grant For Geauga Transit

Laketran, the regional public transit agency serving Lake County, OH, has announced the acquisition of the first federal grant for Geauga Transit since assuming management of the neighboring transit system.

“The achievement represents a significant step toward enhancing mobility and accessibility for residents of Geauga County, OH,” according to a press release. “The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low-No grant program will fund the acquisition of six accessible 12-passenger paratransit propane buses. Those vehicles will replace gasoline-fueled vehicles and contribute to cleaner and more sustainable transportation.

“This investment will support ODOT’s Ohio Zero Emission Ready Ohio (OH-ZERO) project by allowing transit authorities across Ohio to replace older buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. Leveraging a partnership with Oregon-based TESCO, Laketran has enabled Geauga Transit to secure favorable pricing for the acquisition of the vehicles.”

The $1.15 million grant award includes the purchase of buses and essential infrastructure. Additionally, no local funding will be required for this project, underscoring the dedication of Laketran to providing accessible and efficient transit services to Geauga County residents, according to Laketran.

“This significant achievement represents a collaborative effort between Laketran, on behalf of Geauga Transit, ODOT, and the FTA,” Ben Capelle, CEO of Laketran, said. “Traditionally, federal grants require a 20 percent local match, but we were able to work with ODOT to provide the local match meaning no local funds are required for this fleet improvement.”

The release added: “In addition to the vehicle acquisition, Geauga Transit will benefit from the installation of a propane fueling station and propane detectors at the Merritt Road bus garage. These critical enhancements will not only enable safe and efficient operation of the vehicles but also signify a commitment to the highest safety standards.”

Serving over 600,000 riders each year, Laketran is Lake County’s regional public transportation system offering nine Local Routes, door-to-door Dial-a-Ride, and three commuter Park-n-Ride routes with service between Lake County and downtown Cleveland. Under contract with the Geauga County Board of Commissioners, Laketran manages and operates Geauga Transit.

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