October 22, 2014

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County commissioners re-examining transit

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners are considering an expansion of Lorain County Transit bus service in Lorain as they mull what to do with the county’s bus route into downtown Cleveland that hasn’t drawn the riders the county expected.

The proposed route would replace the run into Cleveland, although the agency’s Pam Novak included an option that would see LCT buses make morning and evening trips to a park-and-ride lot in Westlake operated by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

The newly proposed route would include stops at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Leavitt Road, Cooper Foster Park Road and Oberlin Road.

Commissioner Tom Williams has pushed to scrap the run into Cleveland because of the cost and low ridership. He said Wednesday that offering expanded service in Lorain makes more sense and would provide better service for county residents.

Commissioners Ted Kalo and Lori Kokoski have both said they want to see more information on possible replacement options to the downtown Cleveland run.

Last week, Novak and county Administrator Jim Cordes offered up the Westlake park-and-ride lot or dropping Lorain County riders off at the Triskett station on Cleveland’s west side as alternatives.

In recent years, the commissioners have slashed their contribution to the agency from $1.5 million per year to $50,000. They have spent another $50,000 on the Cleveland experiment since it began in September.

A levy that would have brought in additional funding for Transit was shot down by voters in May.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.