Something to watch from Lorain County

15 09 2012

Though it is only a trial run, it looks like something good for public transit has emerged from casinos opening – by constitutional amendment – in all the major cities of the state.  On Monday, September 10th the Lorain County Transit started running regular routes to downtown Cleveland with park-and-ride at three locations in Elyria and Lorain.  Though there may have been planning on this for years, the spark for this expanded service seems to have been a way to cash in on the Horseshoe Casino opening in public square.  Or, at least that is how it has played out in the media.  Regardless, it looks like a few Lorain County residents have started to take advantage of this service for non-gambling purposes.

Other neighboring transit services have also talked about or expanded busing to downtown Cleveland with mentions of the casino.  Metro in Summit County to the south expanded its weekday commuter route at the end of August.    And from the beginning of the casino’s opening, Laketran in Lake County east of Cleveland has promoted its commuter bus service in connection to the casino (and other downtown attractions).  

Will this piggy-backing on the casino change how commuters and residents of other counties get downtown?

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