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Welcome to CATA

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

Our Mission 

To meet the mobility needs of our region by providing innovative solutions in partnership with the communities we serve.

Our Vision 

CATA will ensure public trust by re-imagining regional mobility challenges and how we better engage those we serve.

Our Values 

  • CATA is committed to transparency in action, which inherently fosters trust and innovation.
  • We will approach community partners, customers and employees in the spirit of cooperation
  • CATA is committed to providing a safe experience for our customers, employees and the public we serve.
  • CATA seeks to implement sustainable solutions as stewards of the community we serve; the planet and its finite resources.
  • Professionalism and integrity drive CATA's actions and decisions.
  • Accountability and the desire to always do the right thing serve as our guiding compass.

Our Goals 

Goal No. 1: Regional Mobility - Facilitate seamless and innovative multimodal transportation solutions throughout the tri-county area.

Goal No. 2: Customer Experience Excellence - Employ best practices that lead to new and returning customers.

Goal No. 3: Organizational Strength - Promote organization-wide efficiency and effectiveness. Lead by example toward continuous improvement.

Goal No. 4: Community Partnership - Exhibit responsible leadership through community engagement and public service.

Goal No. 5: Dynamic Workplace - Create a meaningful workplace that engages, empowers and values its employees.

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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 No. 1039.

CATA Facts


FY 2019 Ridership

Passengers took 11,049,317 trips on CATA in Fiscal Year 2019. Each service contributed to the total ridership level as follows:

  Passenger Trips
Total Fixed-Route 10,555,513
MSU Fixed-Route 3,836,734
Community Events 128,413
Entertainment Express 2,488
Total Paratransit 493,804
Spec-Tran 363,876
Redi-Rides 49,269
CATA Rural Service 32,038
Connectors 30,393
Lot Link & Night Owl 9,864
Shopping Bus 8,364
TOTAL 11,049,317



Fiscal 2018 Operating Revenue:

  • 44% Local funding
  • 35% State funding
  • 21% 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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