Longtime operator Lakefront Lines is ceasing operations permanently. Parent company Coach USA blamed the decision on the loss of business due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the decades, the Cleveland-based company had grown into the largest motorcoach company in the state, with locations in Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati. It provided services for schools, including field tips and daily transportation for some Cleveland students.
In a statement to 3News, Coach USA shared this message: “Due to the current impact of (COVID-19) and future uncertainty, Coach USA has made the difficult decision to permanently cease operations of Lakefront Lines. Coach USA thanks our employees at Lakefront Lines for their years of committed service and wish them good fortune in their future endeavors.”
Coach USA has owned the business since 2012, when it was one of nine Coach America businesses acquired out of bankruptcy protection for $134 million to increase its Megabus network. Two years earlier, Coach America had been bought by a private equity firm.