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The Department of Public Works Transit Division provides bus transportation for residents within the City of Lake Charles. There are currently five fixed routes operating within the City. Bus service is provided Monday through Friday from 5:45 A.M. through 5:45 P.M. (except on City holidays). All routes depart the Transit Customer Service Center located at 1155 Ryan Street, every 45 minutes after the hour.
Transit Center 
The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Office of Community Services offers transit services to residents outside the city limits. The Calcasieu Parish Public Transit (CPPT) system is operated to the public on a response-driven system. For current hours of operation, you call (337) 721-4020.
Para-Transit Service
The City of Lake Charles Para-Transit Service offers a special mode of transportation to disabled people who meet federal eligibility guidelines. The Transit System is equipped with vans that have wheelchair access and can transport passengers from origin to destination, such as hospital clinics, doctor's offices, medical centers, grocery stores, pharmacies and more.
The Para-Transit's hours of operation are 5:45 A.M. to 5:45 P.M. Monday through Friday, except on City holidays. The fare is $1.00 per trip or $2.00 per round trip. Eligible passengers should call (337) 491-1267 one day in advance to schedule appointments.
1155 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, La 70601
Para-Transit Guide (Click Here)
This is the current application for Para-transit services updated as of July 2019. Applications printed prior to this date are no longer valid. Please verify that you have the proper application prior to completing and submitting it.
Individuals with ADA concerns or comments may contact the ADA at:
Federal Transit
Administration at 1-888-446-4511
 Transit Routes
City Bus
Transit Route Map(Click Here)
Individuals needing telecommunication assistance, please dial 711.
Trolley Schedule
City of Lake Charles Trolley
Route 1 (Kirkman/University): Monday
Route 2 (Simmons/Prater): Tuesday
Route 3 (Mill/Sowela): Wednesday
Route 4 (Oak Park/Power Centre): Thursday
Route 5 (Nelson/Country Club): Friday
(In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the trolley may not run as scheduled.)  
Bikes on Buses
You will find that our Gillig buses are equipped with bike racks located on the front exterior of the buses. The rack holds up to two single-seated, two-wheeled, non-motorized bicycles. Cyclists secure their bicycles independently of one another.


Regular fares apply for each passenger. Your bike rides for FREE!

Bus Fares

Full Fare: $ 1.00
One way trip on any fixed route
Special Rates: Requires proper identification and must apply at the Transit office.
  • Seniors: $0.50 (Persons age 65 or older. Must present current picture ID with birth date)  
  • Disabled/Medicare/Medicaid: $0.25 (Must present current picture ID. Must present government issued ID with red disabled symbol. For Medicare/Medicaid discount, Medicare/Medicaid card must be presented.)
  • Student Rates $0.50 (Must present Student ID when boarding)
  • Veterans: $0.25 (Must present a Veteran Picture ID when boarding)

All discount cards must be shown each time you board to ride at a discounted rate.

Children under 3 years: FREE
Transfers between routes: FREE
  • Transfers will be issued upon request when fare is paid.
  • Transfers are valid for one continuous trip.
  • Transfers are not valid for stopovers.

Please have exact change for fares as operators do not carry change. All fares are to be paid into the fare box upon boarding.

Bus Stops
Buses stop only at designated bus stops. Drivers do not deviate from their routes unless there is a safety issue.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The City of Lake Charles fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes, executive orders, and regulations in all programs and activities. The City operates without regard to race, color, or national origin. Any person who believes him/herself or any specific class of persons, to be subjected to discrimination prohibited by Title VI may by him/herself or by representative file a written complaint with the City of Lake Charles. The City's Title VI Coordinator may be reached by phone at (337) 491-1440, the Mayor's Actions Line at (337) 491-1346, contact the appropriate Department Head, or click here.
Title VI complaints must be filed within 180 days of the alleged occurrence.
ADA Complaint Process and Form
To learn more about the ADA complaint process and to access the form, click here.