CATA dealing with Grand River Construction Project

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By Max Lapthorne
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

Road construction on Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue has caused CATA to make some adjustments in order to keep buses running efficiently. According to Laurie Robison, director of marketing for CATA, adjustments will not include adding buses.

“Contrary to what some might think, adding buses when construction slows traffic will not necessarily improve travel time or our service,” said Robison.

The construction project has been being planned for years, and according to Karie Arend, the Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman, the state has been in discussions with CATA about the project since the beginning. Arend said that MDOT informs CATA of how traffic will be flowing so that it has time to adjust bus routes.

Robison said that CATA services have been running on schedule. Lorrie Heape, an MSU student, rides the bus every day and was not aware of the project until it started, but said buses have not been running late.

Traffic disruptions could cause some CATA bus riders to become irate, but Robison said this has not been the case.

“Customers tend to understand that the construction is a necessary investment in our community and roadways,” Robison said.

Information regarding bus reroutes can be found at and information on the construction is available on the Michigan Department of Transportation website.

According to Robison, most work on Grand River Avenue will start this summer and drivers should expect to feel delays at that time.

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