Home » CATA Services » Spec-Tran Service

CATA Services

Spec-Tran Service

Spec-Tran is CATA’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit service for people unable to use CATA’s fixed-route system. This is an advance reservation, curb-to-curb service that uses small lift-equipped buses and vans to transport customers.

Spec-Tran customers must be certified in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please download the pre-certification application (PDF).

Service Area
Spec-Tran service is available in the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, the Townships of Delhi, Lansing, and Meridian, and up to three-quarters of a mile beyond any of CATA’s fixed routes.

Service Hours
Spec-Tran operates seven days a week during the same hours as CATA fixed-route service. For specific hours, call 517.394.CATA (2282).

CATA services, including Spec-Tran, do not operate on any of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas Day.

Paying for Your Ride
Spec-Tran fare is $2.50 for each one-way ride. Customers will be given their fare rate when scheduling their ride. 

You can pay for your Spec-Tran fare with:

For more information on fares, discounts, and buying punch cards online, visit our Fares page

Reserving a Ride
Schedule your ride by calling 517.394.CATA (2282) between 8 AM and 5 PM to schedule rides up to 14 days in advance. The Spec-Tran reservation line is open seven days a week, year-round, including holidays.

Spec-Tran service is not available on a same-day basis. Please let the Spec-Tran office know if you will be accompanied by a personal assistant or guest. Your personal assistant rides for free. You may bring one guest with you on Spec-Tran. They will pay the same fare as you.

It is important to let the Spec-Tran office know if personal assistants, guests, or children will be accompanying you at the time you make your reservation.

Canceling a Ride
To cancel a ride, call 517.394.CATA (2282) as soon as possible so that drivers’ schedules can be adjusted. The cancellation line will record our message. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Cancellations must be made at least 90 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. Rides cancelled less than 90 minutes in advance are considered no-shows.

An established pattern of no-shows may result in suspension of service. Spec‑Tran customers are notified by letter of each no‑show and of the appeal process. The Spec‑Tran No‑Show Policy complies with ADA regulations.

CATA Spec-Tran No-Show Policy (PDF) - Coming Soon

Wheelchairs and other Mobility Devices
CATA vehicles can accommodate all "common" wheelchairs. ADA regulations define a "common" wheelchair as being a 3 or 4-wheeled device that is usable indoors. It can be up to 30 inches wide by 48 inches long, and two inches from the ground when measured. Wheelchairs should weigh no more than 600 pounds when occupied.

Customers may bring mobility devices such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. As a courtesy to other passengers in the vehicle, customers are asked to limit additional items to the size of four paper or eight plastic shopping bags.

Service Animals
ADA regulations define a service animal as any animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. Service animals are welcome on all CATA vehicles.

  • Service animals must be clean and well-groomed. 
  • Service animals should be leashed and under the owner’s control. Customers should not ask the driver to take the animal’s leash or harness or to assist in the care of the animal.
  • The customer is responsible for knowing the best way for the animal to board the vehicle. 
  • Service animals are expected to sit on the floor of the vehicle. 
  • Animals that display disruptive or threatening behavior will not be allowed on any CATA service or property. 

Spec-Tran Guide

For a detailed Spec-Tran guide, download the Spec-Tran Brochure (PDF), or call the Spec-Tran office at 517.394.CATA (2282).

Audio Schedule for Spec-Tran Guide

Download Spec-Tran audio schedule (14.3 MB).

Looking for audio schedules for other routes? Access all audio schedules on our Disability Services page.