Louisiana Transit Resource Guide

Calcasieu Parish
Lake Charles Transit
Last Update: 5/11/2021 12:00:00 AM
Operated By: City of Lake Charles Transit
Legislative Districts: Senate Districts 25-28, 30; Houst Districts 32-37
Congressional Districts: 7
Contact: Al Hoover
Address: 1155 Ryan Street
Lake Charles LA   70601
Phone: 337-491-1253
Fax: (337) 491-1335
Email Address: al.hoover@cityoflc.us
Funding Class: Small Urban - FTA Sec 5307
Profile of System
Lake Charles Transit System (LCTS) was established in 1969 to provide public transportation to the city’s population. LCTS provides fixed-route and demand-response (paratransit) service within the city service area, which is the entire corporate limits. The City Council sets policy for LCTS, with a transit manager responsible for policy implementation and day-to-day management of transit operations. In addition to the transit manager, LCTS employs 14 full-time bus drivers, two mechanics, one planner, two supervisors, and two administrative personnel. LCTS operates five buses on five routes, while providing next day, demand-response service with two paratransit shuttles. Users of the paratransit service must fill out an application to be considered eligible for ridership. All vehicles are ADA accessible. The system operates between 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays except on public holidays.
Characteristics of System
Vehicles: 5 Fixed Routes; 14 city buses; 2 vans
Clients Served: Population of Lake Charles City Limits
ServiceProvided: Fixed Routes and Paratransit
Operating Hours: Buses: 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., M-F
Office: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F
Closed on all major holidays to follow the city closure schedule
Base Fare: Fixed Route
Full Fare
$1.00 one-way
Disabled, Medicare/ Medicaid, Veterans
$0.25 one-way
Senior Citizens and Students
$0.50 one-way
$1.00 one-way
children under 3 years of age
Service Area: City limits of Lake Charles
1997 System Data
Total Operating Costs: 3,089,593.00
Ridership: 1279,018
Annual System Miles: 218,243
Cost Per Trip: 16.40
Cost Per Hour: 182.01
Cost Per Mile: 14.16
Type of System: Urban
Last Update: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM
Operated By: CARC INC
Legislative Districts: 34
Congressional Districts: 3
Contact: Libby Leone, Exec Dir
Address: 4100 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave
Lake Charles LA   70615
Phone: (337) 433-3620
Fax: (337) 439-1886
Email Address: wfrazier@carc.us
Funding Class: 5310 Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
Transportation for Elderly and Disabled to and from work.
Vehicles: 9 all lift-equipped
Clients Served: Birth-Elderly Disabled/Mentally Retarded
ServiceProvided: Demand-responsive
Operating Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. day program M-F
(Temporary closed due to Covid - 19)
Base Fare: Provided by DHH
Service Area: Calcasieu Parish
Type of System: Specialized
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
Last Update: 7/14/2021 12:00:00 AM
Operated By: Calcasieu Parish Public Transit/Human Service
Legislative Districts: Senate 27 House 34
Congressional Districts: 3rd
Contact: Tarek Polite
Address: 3001 Industrial Avenue
Lake Charles LA   70615
Phone: (337) 721-4040
Fax: (337) 721-4181
Email Address: tpolite@calcasieuparish.gov
Funding Class: Rural - Section 5311 and JARC - Section 5316
Calcasieu Parish Public Transit System
Calcasieu Parish Public Transit System (CPPTS) was established in 2001 to provide transportation to the rural and urban populations of Calcasieu Parish. CPPTS provides a curb to curb demand response transportation service. CPPTS employs 8 full time drivers, 1 dispatchers, 1 administrative support tech, 1 administrative support specialist, and a transit manager. All vehicles are ADA accessible. Presently the system operating hours are between 5:00am to 8:00pm Monday - Friday.
Transportation Service
Vehicles: 9
Clients Served: General Public
ServiceProvided: Curb to Curb Demand Response
Operating Hours: 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., M-F
Base Fare: Base rates ranges between $1.00 - $5.00
Transit Service Fees
Passenger Urban Areas/ Rural Areas /JARC
Adult $3.00 / $5.00 / $2.00
(0-5) NO / NO / NO
(6-17) $2.00/ $4.00 / NO
(65+) $1.00 / $2.00 / $1.00
Disabled $1.00 / $2.00 / $1.00
Service Area: Calcasieu Parish
5311 and 5316 FY 2020-2021
Total Operating Costs: $889,009.00
Ridership: 6566
Annual System Miles: 108408
Cost Per Trip: 48.85
Cost Per Hour: 12.51
Cost Per Mile: 0.91
Type of System: Parish wide transportation
Calcasieu Parish Voluntary Council on Aging, Inc.
Last Update: 6/3/2021 12:00:00 AM
Operated By: Calcasieu Parish Voluntary Council on Aging, Inc.
Legislative Districts: Senate 27 House 23, 34, 35, 36
Congressional Districts: 3rd
Contact: Jacqueline Green
Address: 3950 Gerstner Memorial Blvd.
Lake Charles LA   70607
Phone: 3374742583
Fax: 3374746563
Email Address: jgreen@calcoa.org
Funding Class: 5310 Elderly & Disable Transit Program
This program is designed to assist Seniors and Disabled persons who reside in Calcasieu Parish who are unable to transport themselves and/or have limited options and support. Non –Emergency Transportation helps to meet appointment needs, to maintain a productive way of life and to maintain and improve health.
Vehicles: 6
Clients Served: Elderly & Disabled
ServiceProvided: Demand Response
Operating Hours: Monday thru Friday
7:00 to 4:00
Base Fare: N/A
Service Area: Calcasieu Parish
Total Operating Costs: 363,347.00
Ridership: 4,501
Annual System Miles: 58,129
Cost Per Trip: 24.42
Cost Per Hour: 23.96
Cost Per Mile: 1.79
Type of System: Rural