CATA plans on adding two designated bus lanes right down the center of the Grand River Avenue corridor for the Route 1 bus. The bus rapid transit (BRT) system is expected to improve certain aspects of Grand River Avenue including traffic congestion, safety, and attractiveness. “CATA is not changing the entire system to a BRT system. CATA is proposing to change Route 1 to a Bus Rapid Transit line to improve travel for all modes along the corridor,” said Debbie Alexander, the assistant executive director of CATA. “When buses operate in their own lanes and use stations for boarding, the speed of travel for the bus rider is improved by up to 13 minutes, and the flow of auto traffic is improved because buses are not stopping frequently to drop off and pick up passengers along the 8.5-mile corridor,” said Alexander..
By Griffin Wasik
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter
A $143 million proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system could be finished as soon as 2018. The BRT would run from the Capitol to Meridian Mall via Michigan and Grand River avenues. It would also add a designated bus lane, remove current bus stops, and add traffic signals, according to Meridian Township documents. “The total cost of the BRT is not $133 million,” John R. Veenstra, a Trustee member on the Meridian Township Board of Commissioners, said. “Many people are getting this confused.
Capital Area Transportation Authority continues its efforts in redeveloping its No. 1 bus route to the Bus Rapid Transit, which will be expected to start around 2016. Plans have been slowed for about 3 months because it is in an environmental assessment phase, which calls for additional studies and requires public hearings. The route runs from Meridian Mall in Okemos to the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. The changes will include an addition of lanes for buses only.
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.
The CATA bus system’s existing service is at or exceeding capacity for the Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue route. Representative from CATA and in charge of the transportation study, Debbie Alexander, wants to find a better and faster alternative. The issue was announced at the Meridian Township Board Joint Meeting with school districts and local governments on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The study is looking into whether adding more vehicles to the route or a higher speed alternative is better.