Calcasieu Transit co-locates with City of Lake Charles - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Calcasieu Transit co-locates with City of Lake Charles

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The Calcasieu Parish Transit Department is re-locating its services alongside the City of Lake Charles Public Transit.

On Tuesday morning, a news conference and open house were held at the transit center on Ryan Street in downtown Lake Charles.

Officials say the collaboration will provide a centralized location where rural residents will be connected to urban areas. The decision is based on citizens' transportation needs, officials said.

"The city and parish are always looking at ways that we can collaborate. and one of the ways that we can make some significant in-roads is in the transportation area. And so, we're co-locating our transit center here in hope that we'll be building a regional transportation model and we believe that co-location is the first step in being able to do that. We're hoping that somewhere down the line that we'll be able to service more people and that we'll be able to take more people from the outlying parts of the parish, and bring them to this central hub to be able to be serviced and dispatched out," said Tarek Polite, CPPJ Human Services Director.

John Cardone, City Administrator, City of Lake Charles said, "The City of Lake Charles welcomes the Calcasieu Parish Transit Department to the City of Lake Charles Transit and Customer Service Center. Their relocation to this modern and centrally located facility, at 1155 Ryan St., will enhance service by providing a joint hub for both city and parish public transportation to operate from and benefit the growing number of riders who depend upon public bus transportation."

The transit center currently operates from about 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information about the Calcasieu Transit program, contact 337-721-4040. For more information about the City of Lake Charles Transit Department, contact 337-491-1253.

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