Estimated Total Cost: $5,773,332
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
History/Background: LAKETRAN’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 program is listed in the NOACA SFY 2018 – 2021 Transportation Improvement Program. Laketran is adding the following projects to FYs 2019 and 2020 of its program, utilizing funding obtained through the Section 5339(c) Low or No Emission Vehicle Program and Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program (OTPPP).
The Low or No Emission competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction and leasing of required supporting facilities. Under FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.
Electric Bus and Infrastructure - Laketran will partner with Proterra and the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) to replace two (2) diesel buses, which operate on the local fixed routes, with battery-electric buses and purchase and install electric bus chargers.
The project’s estimated total cost, provided by the sponsor, is $3,612,500. The estimated cost of two (2) battery electric buses is $1,500,000. The estimated cost of the electric bus charging infrastructure for two (2) years is $698,000. The estimated cost to install the electric bus charging infrastructure for two (2) years is $394,500. The estimated cost for professional services for Laketran’s collaboration with CTE, a partner in the grant application is $270,000. The project will be funded with $2,290,000 Section 5339(c) Low or No Emission Vehicle Program funds and $572,500 local funds.
Additionally, Laketran will pursue reconstruction of the park and ride lot in Wickliffe to accommodate electric charging infrastructure. According to Laketran, the Wickliffe park and ride lot is the ideal location for charging infrastructure because it is centrally located to several of Laketran’s local fixed-routes. The Wickliffe Park-n-Ride lot was originally constructed in 1999 and has not been renovated in nearly twenty years. The estimated cost of reconstruction of the Wickliffe park and ride lot is $750,000. Laketran will use local funds unless another funding source is awarded to the agency. Laketran has a competitive application with FTA (Federal Transit Administration) for competitive 5339(b) funds for reconstruction of the lot, but does not yet know if it will receive an award.
The Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program (OTPPP) program provides federal FHWA funds for urban public transit projects in Ohio beginning in state fiscal year 2012. Projects are selected on a competitive basis and with an emphasis on preservation. Preservation is defined as the process of working to maintain, sustain, or keep in a sound state the transit systems in Ohio. Eligible applicants include Regional Transit Authorities, County Transit Boards, municipalities, or counties that own or operate public transportation systems. These entities must be recipients of FTA Section 5307 funds in order to apply for OTPPP funds.
In 2014, Akron METRO, the Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA) and the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) formed NEORide. Established as a Council of Governments (COG) under Ohio law, NEORide works to synchronize and facilitate service between agencies and counties, breaking down artificial boundaries, streamlining operations and making it easier for riders to use public transit to travel across Northeast Ohio and beyond. Laketran joined the group in 2017. Medina County Public Transit (MCPT) became a member in 2018.
On-board computers and equipment - Laketran operates 138 buses, each of which is equipped with on-board computer and technology. On-board computers and equipment allow for efficient dispatching and routing of buses. On-board computers operate Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) software, which requires access to mobile networks. Laketran’s on-board computers operate on the 3G network. Laketran reports that cellular carriers will decommission 3G networks on December 31, 2019 in favor of the 4G network. Therefore, the technology must be replaced with technology that operates on 4G.
Laketran will replace the 3G technology with technology that operates on 4G in order to continue to deliver service with the speed, efficiency, and quality that its users expect. The OTPPP award will permit Laketran to purchase equipment that runs on the 4G network for each bus in its fleet.
The project’s estimated total cost, provided by the sponsor, is $379,500. The project will be funded with $303,600 Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program (OTPPP) funds and $75,900 local funds.
Laketran FY 2020 Replacement Paratransit Vehicles - Laketran operates in-county fixed route, commuter express and demand response service. The demand response service, known as Dial-a-Ride, provides door-to-door assisted transportation via a shared-ride service. Transportation is provided throughout Lake County and to select medical facilities in the greater Cleveland area. Laketran’s Dial-a-Ride fleet is comprised of 85 Light Transit Vehicles (LTV). The useful life of new LTVs is 7 years or 150,000 miles. Laketran has 11 Dial-a-Ride Light Transit Vehicles that have reached their useful life. Laketran looks to purchase 8-14 LTVs per year to replace aging buses in the fleet that have reached or exceeded their useful life. The estimated total cost, provided by the sponsor, is $1,781,332.
Staff Comment (Summary):
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):
- No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning and Programming Committee:
- No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review
- No comments; recommended for Board of Directors' review