A local firm called RLS & Associates has provided the draft results, findings, and recommendations of a Management Performance Review (MPR) of Lorain County Transit, a public transportation program in Lorain County, Ohio. The program is operated under the auspices of the Lorain County Commissioners. The Commissioners recently (March of 2004) assumed the operation of the program from the Lorain County Transit Board. LCT provides fixed route and demand responsive general public transportation services for LorainCounty residents.
The primary goal of the MPR process is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the transportation system under review. The review should be used as a tool to comprehensively examine and evaluate a transit system’s goals and objectives, the procedures employed to deliver community transit services, and compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations and requirements.
The Lorain County Transit operates 14 fixed routes in the Lorain/Elyria urban area. Most of these routes are based at a transfer point located on Griswold Road near the Midway Mall. This is the system hub and is located near the geographic center of the service area, as well as near the largest trip generator in the system. Ten of the twelve routes arrive and depart at this transfer point each hour. A second hub is located in downtown Lorain on West 5th Street in front of the Meridian Plaza. Four routes arrive and depart this location each hour.
The system also makes connections to the Greater Cleveland RTA system at two locations. The first is on Lorain Road near the Lorain County/Cuyahoga County Boundary, and is the end of the line for two RTA bus routes. Another LCT route operates to the Westlake park-andride lot near I-90 where passengers can transfer to several routes including downtown Cleveland express buses.
LCT also provides service to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport from Oberlin and a park-and-ride lot in Elyria. The base fare is $1.25. Exhibit 1 shows the routes in the LCT fixed route system. Exhibit 2 contains the operating profile of these routes.