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Does CATA study point to Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail or Streetcar?

Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2010

November 2, 2010
Contact: Pat Gilbert, 517-394-1100

Detailed evaluation results revealed during November open houses

LANSING, MI - Officials are expected to decide before the end of the year whether to submit an application to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to enter the New Starts program based on an Alternatives Analysis Study. Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail and Modern Streetcar are the alternatives considered for operation in the Michigan/Grand River Avenue Corridor between downtown Lansing and the Meridian Mall area.

Five open houses will be held November 9-11 to share the preliminary results of the Alternatives Analysis, which compares the three transportation alternatives listed above to a baseline alternative that consists of improvements to existing bus service. Cost, ridership, concept designs and environmental impacts have been evaluated for Bus Rapid Transit, Modern Streetcar, and Light Rail Transit.

"We’ve also looked at how each one of these transit modes would stimulate the local economy," said Debbie Alexander, Assistant Executive Director of the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA).

The study was funded with federal capital funds received by CATA to look at how to better move more people along the congested eight-mile Michigan/Grand River Avenue corridor in the future.

"Once we share the evaluation results during the November open houses, local leaders will decide whether to recommend the Locally Preferred Alternative to the CATA Board of Directors and encourage them to apply to the federal New Starts program," Alexander said.

Once accepted into the New Starts program, there are 3 specific steps: Preliminary Engineering, Project Design and Final Design. Each phase calls for additional project refinement and greater commitment from the local community.

Members of the regional study committees will explain the analysis findings, answer questions, and listen to public comments during the open houses:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Michigan State University
International Center
Spartan Room C
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Lansing Center
Rooms 203-205
5-7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Hannah Community Center
Executive Conference Room
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.and 5 -7 p.m.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Meridian Township Hall
Meeting Room
5-7 pm

This is the third series of open houses conducted as part of the Michigan/Grand River Avenue Transportation Study. CATA and the study partners value public input and are committed to keeping Greater Lansing residents involved in the study process. Open house material and an area for submitting comments are available on the study website www.migrtrans.org.

Members of the Michigan/Grand River Avenue Transportation Study Steering Committee are: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Tri-County Regional Planning Director Jon Coleman. Lansing Township Supervisor John Daher, Lansing Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tim Daman, CATA CEO/Executive Director Sandy Draggoo, Lansing Economic Area Partnership President and CEO Denyse Ferguson, East Lansing Mayor Vic Loomis, Meridian Township Supervisor Susan McGillicuddy, Michigan State University Vice President for Operations Fred Poston, and Michigan Department of Transportation Chief Deputy Director Jacqueline Shinn.