Welcome to CATA

Serving Greater Lansing since 1972, the Capital Area Transportation Authority was formed under Act 55 (Public Act of Michigan 1963). The Authority's governmental membership includes the cities of Lansing and East Lansing and the townships of Delhi, Lansing and Meridian.

Our Mission 

CATA provides a variety of quality public transportation services in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties that are safe, timely and cost efficient, responds creatively to the diverse mobility needs of the region, and delivered by dedicated employees in a professional manner.

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CATA's leadership philosophy is based on service to our community. The Board of Directors establishes policy, our executive staff oversees planning and management, LAC representatives advise CATA on senior and disability issues, and CATA bus operators and mechanics are represented by the ATU Local 1039.

CATA Facts


FY 2017 Ridership

Passengers took 10,241,340 trips on CATA in Fiscal Year 2017. Each service contributed to the total ridership level as follows:

  Passenger Trips
Total Fixed-Route 9,740,032
MSU Fixed-Route 2,569,711
Community Events 157,965
Entertainment Express 8,239
Total Paratransit 501,308
Spec-Tran 344,644
Redi-Rides 75,687
CATA Rural Service 38,988
Connectors 16,897
Lot Link & Night Owl 16,170
Shopping Bus 8,922
TOTAL 10,241,340



Fiscal 2016 Operating Revenue:

  • 46% Local funding
  • 30% State funding
  • 24% Fares and other revenues

Service Area

CATA provides a variety of public transportation services in the Greater Lansing and outlying areas. The 559 square-mile service area spans all of Ingham County and extends into portions of Eaton County (Delta Township) and Clinton County.


CATA’s workforce comprises 340 employees*:

  • 224 are bus operators who are members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local No. 1039
  • 30 are Maintenance employees who also belong to ATU Local No. 1039 – namely mechanics and mechanic support staff
  • 86 are administrative personnel


*as of February 2017

Awards & Community


Metro Magazine ranked CATA in its “Ten Best Places to Work in Transit” in the October 2008 issue. The family-like culture, open door policy, recognition of hard work and employee pride were sited as some of the agency’s outstanding attributes.

In 2007, CATA was awarded the Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This award honors one public transportation system in North America each year, which has demonstrated outstanding achievement in efficiency and effectiveness. Systems are judged on their performance over a 3-year period. CATA is one of the few systems that are a two-time winner of this award. CATA first received the award in 1991.

Community Involvement

Each year, CATA sponsors a number of programs for the benefit of the community including:

And participates in community–sponsored events such as:

FOIA Request

Michigan Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") Requests 

FOIA requests must be made in writing and should be directed to the Executive Secretary to the CEO/Executive Director (FOIA Coordinator) by mail or fax, as follows: 


Executive Secretary/FOIA Coordinator
4615 Tranter Street
Lansing, MI  48910
Fax:  517-394-1151
Phone: 517-394-1100 (information)


Please see CATA's Public Summary of FOIA Procedures and Guidelines and FOIA Procedures and Guidelines. To submit a FOIA request please download the FOIA Request Form

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