Controversy in Meridian Township due to CATA's proposed BRT system

By Riley James
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

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..

Bus Rapid Transit could replace CATA's Route 1 bus

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.

Life as a local Lansing performer

By Kristen Alberti
Listen Up, Lansing

Working three jobs is enough to keep anyone busy, but when you have a dream to chase, who has time for sleep? As an employee at a life insurance company, a movie theater, and helping coach a high school girls’ soccer team, Tyler Ennis, vocalist in Lansing metal band Ground Tracer, should seem too exhausted to practice with his band. Nevertheless, Ennis said his commitment to his band is worth it because it helps him support both his group and himself. “As cliche as it sounds, it really is my escape,” said Ennis. “I go through a lot of stress with how busy my life is, but anytime I’m on stage performing, I really truly forget about everything and just have the time of my life.”

Lansing is home to many local performers of all genres ranging from hip-hop to country to progressive metal with everything in-between.

Soup Spoon Café leads restaurant growth on Michigan Avenue

by Colleen Otte
Lansing Star Staff Writer

Nick Gavrilides, owner of The Soup Spoon Café, said he feels Michigan Avenue is at the forefront of Lansing’s local restaurant renaissance. The Soup Spoon, located at 1419 E. Michigan Ave., is a local, independently owned café that regularly serves folks from Michigan State and Sparrow Hospital, corporate groups, neighborhood citizens and international visitors.  Gavrilides said he feels such restaurants offer more to the community than large chains. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6tf7mAY5E4

He said local restaurants are doing amazing things with food and service – despite not being presented in what he described as the “beautiful, brand new . . .

The Soup Spoon Café offers a spoonful of local taste

Fulfilling a need in the Michigan Avenue corridor

Nick Gavrilides chose Michigan Avenue as the location for The Soup Spoon Café to appeal to business people seeking a lunch option besides bar food. Many perceived the independent Lansing restaurant located at 1419 E. Michigan Ave. as a breath of fresh air when it arrived seven years ago. “It was filling a need that was necessary here on Michigan Avenue,” general manager Keith Buchele said. According to Buchele, owner Gavrilides lived in Lansing his entire life except for his time in culinary school.

Lansing Mayor gives State of the City Address, acknowledges success and upcoming Red Cedar Renaissance project

In his State of the City address, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero focused on current success in the auto industry, acknowledged problems with the ice storm response and touted the future launch of the Red Cedar Renaissance project. Bernero delivered his speech Jan. 30 at Grand River General Motors Plant as a way of emphasizing the resurgence of the auto industry. “I am pleased to report the state of our city is strong, and getting stronger,” Bernero said in his speech. Bernero also noted the city has climbed out of deficit.

Construction in Downtown East Lansing Could Affect Business

It is only the beginning of spring , yet construction is already rampant in East Lansing. As of March 4, M-43 (Grand River Avenue) from Coolidge Road to Abbott Road, and Michigan Avenue from Harrison Road to the split with M-43 has been covered with orange. Grand River Cafe owner John Miller and Crunchy’s manager Mike Kruger give their takes on what this construction could do to business. Beginning on May 6 a series of additional construction work will make its way down Grand River Avenue eventually reaching Park Lake Road.  All work should be finished by the beginning of October 2013

Road construction starts on Michigan Avenue and Grand River

By Max Lapthorne
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

The multi-million dollar road project in the heart of East Lansing is underway. Traffic is down to one lane going each direction from the west city limits to Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue. According to Michigan Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Karie Arend the project will be broken into several parts. “It’s being done in phases. The first section is in between Coolidge Road and Michigan Avenue,” said Arend.