Management & Operations

Laketran promotes Capelle to GM post

Posted on July 27, 2017

Ben Capelle is currently the deputy GM and oversees the daily operations and maintenance of Laketran’s three core services. Photo: Laketran
Ben Capelle is currently the deputy GM and oversees the daily operations and maintenance of Laketran’s three core services. Photo: Laketran

The Laketran Board of Trustees unanimously voted to promote Ben Capelle as the Laketran GM starting Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Capelle is currently the deputy GM and oversees the daily operations and maintenance of Laketran’s three core services, local routes, commuter Park-n-Ride service to Cleveland, door-to-door Dial-a-Ride and ADA service that includes Medicaid and Lake County Board of DD contracts for the Dial-a-Ride service.

Joining Laketran in 2012, Capelle led the implementation of many technology upgrades including Laketran’s GPS navigation and tracking, automatic bus locators, and online reservations for Dial-a-Ride. Capelle also spearheaded the transition to propane fuel for Laketran’s Dial-a-Ride bus fleet, which will yield an annual 35% fuel savings for the agency. Capelle was promoted to deputy GM in April 2016.

Prior to joining Laketran, Capelle served as the GM of Clermont Transportation Connection in Clermont County, Ohio. Under his direction at Clermont, Capelle improved ridership by an average of 23% per year. His statewide experience also includes working as a bus operator at Kent State University and The Ohio State University, where he graduated. He worked at First Transit located in Cincinnati prior to Clermont Transportation.

“I am honored to be chosen as the next General Manager of Laketran. This organization has tremendous impact on the residents of Lake County and I look forward to the opportunity to meet the growing transit demand while maintaining our customer-focused service delivery,” shared Capelle on his promotion.

Capelle will succeed Ray Jurkowski, who announced his retirement earlier this year and has served Laketran as GM since 2003.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

SEPTA GM Knueppel to retire at year's end

Knueppel, who joined SEPTA in 1988 as an entry level structural engineer, will close out a decorated 32-year career at the agency.

Valley Metro adds to executive leadership team

Alexis Tameron Kinsey joins as chief of staff and senior advisor, while Abigail Cooksey-Williams joins as manager, transportation demand management.

Carrasco to lead West Coast zero emissions for WSP USA

Based out of the Sacramento and Oakland WSP offices, she will also support transit and rail initiatives in northern California.

NY MTA's managing director, Hakim to depart post

Hakim has spent three decades at the MTA over two separate stints, with her resignation coming during a tumultuous period at the agency.

Report shows how transit can complete projects quicker, cheaper

How entities are turning to the Quick-Build methodology to expand transit options, improve existing service, and increase ridership.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation