Woman in DeWitt Township arrested for alleged drugged driving

By Cydni Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

DEWITT — Driving under the influence doesn’t simply mean drunk driving. Prescription drugs can also impair a driver, something a 27-year-old woman allegedly learned the hard way earlier this month. The woman was arrested by DeWitt Township police for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs after an alleged hit-and-run with a mailbox on March 5, police officials said. Driving under the influence doesn’t only deal with illegal drugs and alcohol, it includes any mood or mind-altering substance, says Diana Julian, substance abuse/program manager and counselor at McAlister Institute. Julian says being aware that driving under the influence involves prescription drug abuse is very important.

Despite $1.2 billion state road fund, don’t expect better Lansing streets this year

By Alexander Smith
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of a $1.2 billion road funding package in 2015 is good news for Michigan’s roads. Most notably, the package will raise the fuel tax and the cost of vehicle registration to put toward road repair. For Lansing’s streets, those repairs are long overdue. “They’re okay, they could use some improvement though,” said Preston Nowsch, 22. “I know every day coming down Grand River, I have to be in a particular lane to miss out on a pothole.”

Lansing adopted the Pavement Surface Evaluation & Rating System in 2002 to grade local roads.

Waiting for a bus at Old Town? Don't expect your wait to get shorter anytime soon

By Zachary Barnes
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

Old Town Lansing is not slated to see public bus service become more frequent in the near future. That’s bad news for Old Town bus riders. Currently, during evening and weekend hours CATA will only pass through the Old Town area roughly every 45 minutes. This does not include the time it takes to get to the downtown Lansing CATA bus station where one must connect to the specific bus that will take him or her to Old Town. One must connect again when leaving Old Town to get on the right bus that will take them home.

Lansing Street in St. Johns soon to see repairs

By Kenedi Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — The city of St. Johns is beginning a project to redo Lansing Street to make it more traveler-friendly, officials said. According to Dave Kudwa, Community Development Director of St. Johns, this is roughly a $575,000 project due to start somewhere around the end of March.

Bicycles growing in popularity, says Old Town bike shop owner

By Zachary Swiecicki
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

While traveling along Grand River Avenue in Old Town Lansing, you can see CATA buses, cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, or pedestrians walking around. Chad Cottom, owner of SPIN Bicycle Shop, has seen the change in transportation in the eight years his store has been open.  Cottom is passionate about bikes and is committed to providing his bikes to the residents of Old Town. “I would say cycling has become a little more popular,” Cottom said.  “I would hope to say that we’ve helped a little bit to adding to that by having a bicycle shop in Old Town.”

St. Johns recommends to continue with propane-powered school buses

By Katie Winkler
Clinton County Chatter staff reporter

ST. JOHNS — During the last St. Johns Board of Education meeting on Oct. 26, St Johns Public Schools Director of Business and Finance Kelly Corbett brought forward a recommendation to purchase two new buses, sell three old ones and begin a yearly replacement cycle. Recommendations must be brought to the Board of Education three times before they can take action.

Redi-Ride is ready for changes

By Erin Gray
The Meridian Times

Proposals for CATA’s Redi-Ride service could increase taxes for Meridian Township citizens. Former Meridian Township Treasurer Tom Klunzinger said when Redi-Ride was voted into effect in 2000, the board proposed for a .2-mill tax to provide the service on a trial basis. Redi-Ride is a curb-to-curb bus service for citizens to any destination within Meridian, according to Township Manager Frank Walsh. “We have had some concerns raised about the service,” said Walsh, “So we are holding a community meeting to listen and engage the community in what issues have arisen.” The meeting was held on Oct. 27 at the Meridian Township Hall.

No ride created equal: views on Lansing mass transit

By Haywood Liggett
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter

Local citizens relying solely on public transportation are giving mixed reviews on public transportation in the city. Numerous people have taken the bus at least once. However, a vast amount of the populous have access to a vehicle of their own, or that of a family member, close friend, significant other etc. But there are a large number of Lansing citizens that rely exclusively on public transportation. CATA, Lansing’s only bus system, is one of typical ways those without vehicles get around.

Improvements coming to crosswalks around DeWitt

By Andrew Hayes
Clinton County Chatter

DEWITT- The concrete around the brick crosswalks in downtown DeWitt has become uneven and made for a bumpy drive through town. The city has been in talks to fix the 20-year-old concrete at various intersections that has begun to expand due to harsh weather conditions, according to DeWitt City Administrator Daniel Coss. “We patch it every year,” said Department of Public Services Supervisor Rich Miller. “It’s deteriorating faster than I expected with the bad couple of winters we’ve had.”

Miller said he was hoping the city would get five years out of the current crosswalks before they find a more long-term solution but he was uncertain if the concrete would last that long.

Old Town not subject to the new Bus Rapid Transit

By Juliana Moxley
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING — While walking down Grand River Avenue, Capital Area Transportation Authority, or CATA, buses pass you by, but a new transportation system may be added to the mix in the years to come. CATA, who was not available for comment after multiple attempts, has proposed the Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, as the newest transportation system. However, the BRT is not slated to make traveling to Old Town any easier than riding the current CATA buses, which is disappointing those who live and work in the district. CATA has made the proposal to implement the BRT into the transportation system for the Greater Lansing Area. With public transportation becoming increasingly popular in the area — in fiscal year 2012, ridership growth was attributed to a seven percent gain in demand for curb-to-curb transportation services, according to the CATA Community Report 2013 — the BRT will offer more advantages such as time efficient travel.