Free transportation in La Porte extended through April

The City of La Porte will extend its free rides through the end of April, according to La Porte Transporte Manager Beth West.

West said the goal of the extension is to continue helping members of the community with essential travel through the ongoing pandemic. However, for the health and safety of both drivers and passengers, rides to grocery stores and pharmacies will be limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

“As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise throughout Indiana, we have to be diligent in doing what we can to slow the spread,” West said. “Though trips for food and prescriptions are essential, Transporte must take steps to limit the exposure of our riders and drivers as much as possible. As we continue our services through this outbreak, I strongly encourage passengers to plan ahead when picking up groceries and medications.”

West said Transporte will continue providing free rides to medical appointments Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All other nonessential travel will cease through the end of April.

Good Friday hours will be reduced, running from 9 a.m. to noon.

All rides must be scheduled through dispatch at 219-362-6565. For more information, contact West at 219-326-8274 or