by Amanda Chaperon
Lansing Township News Staff Writer
The Capital Area Transit Authority (CATA) is proposing a bus rapid transit system that will run from downtown Lansing to the Meridian Mall in Okemos.
The route will run along Grand River and Michigan avenues, with buses that run in designated lanes on these streets, using doors on both sides for passengers.
According to a Lansing State Journal article, the project would cost around $195 million. CATA is hoping to gain state and federal funding.
Public input is being sought in a five-day planning process, commonly known as a charrette. They are hoping the public will voice concerns on things such as pedestrian safety, turning lanes for cars, and station locations.
“As a current resident of the area, and one who just survived a very long a cold winter of needing to take the 1 bus from Okemos to campus, I fully support this proposal,” area resident Gretchen Seidel said. “It would be much more efficient and timely than the buses that I had been accustomed to waiting 25-30 minutes for at a stop. With a system like this, there would never be a real issue with the bus system. I could always be sure of bus schedule and be able to get places on time.”
The planning event kicks off tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at East Lansing High School. Presentations of feedback gathered throughout the remainder of the week will be held in room 115 of the International Center on Michigan State’s campus on Sunday from 6:30 to 9 p.m.