Welcome to CATA

Serving Greater Lansing since 1972, the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) 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 2016 Ridership

Passengers took 10,896,146 trips on CATA in Fiscal Year 2016. Each service contributed to the total ridership level as follows:

  Passenger Trips
Total Fixed-Route 10,388,528
MSU Fixed-Route 2,736,086
Community Events 131,992
Entertainment Express 9,617
Total Paratransit 507,618
Spec-Tran 342,655
Redi-Rides 80,010
CATA Rural Service 42,390
Connectors 15,665
Lot Link & Night Owl 18,068
Shopping Bus 8,830
TOTAL 10,896,146




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


Sandy Draggoo, CATA CEO/ Executive Director, was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010. The Michigan Hall of Fame was the first of its kind to recognize high-achieving women of an individual state. More than 250 women have been named to this esteemed body. Sandy is one of the first women to lead a public transportation system in the country and was honored with this prestigious award on behalf of her leadership and service to CATA as well as her work in public transportation at the state and national level.

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.

Transit Research Board's Sharon D. Banks Award to Sandy Draggoo for Innovative Leadership in Transportation in 2006.

Sandy Draggoo was selected as APTA's General Manager of the Year in 2003.

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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