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Bus Rapid Transit

At its April 19, 2017, meeting, the CATA Board of Directors resolved to suspend the Bus Rapid Transit (“BRT”) project until such time as CATA has reasonable assurances as to the availability of adequate federal funding to support the BRT and authorized the CEO/Executive Director, Sandy L. Draggoo, to take actions to suspend the project on such terms and conditions as she deems necessary and are approved by legal counsel.



BRT is a transportation system that operates somewhat like a light-rail system, except that it uses high-capacity buses that operate in dedicated, center-running bus lanes. It will operate along the Michigan Avenue to Grand River Avenue corridor.

Map of stop locations for the BRT


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  • High traffic volume along the Michigan Avenue/Grand River Corridor has increased congestion, creating an environment that demands improved safety for all modes of transportation.
  • Traffic counts along the corridor show that more than 25,000 automobiles travel through parts of the corridor each day. An additional 6,900 transit riders use bus routes that travel along Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue the majority of the year.
  • CATA’s Route 1 experiences significant annual ridership. This has been a system-wide trend that most acutely affects this corridor.
  • Ongoing objective to reduce accidents and fatalities among all modes of transportation in the corridor.