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Multimodal Gateway

Capital Area Multimodal Gateway, Operated by CATA

1240 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing

The Gateway facility is open:

Daily: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For the safety of all patrons during the pandemic, vestibule doors will only be open during regular building hours.

CATA and Indian Trails information/ticket booth is staffed:

Daily: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.



  • Four canopied and well-lit bus-boarding bays for enhanced passenger comfort and safety
  • Designated drop-off and pickup areas
  • Convenient ticket and information booth
  • Access to three climate-controlled waiting areas
  • Pay-by-plate parking lot* to accommodate approximately 150 vehicles
  • Two electic vehicle fast-charging stations - $4/hour
  • Spacious public restrooms
  • Vending services
  • Schedules, service brochures and maps
  • Floor-to-ceiling glass-enclosed facility allows for ambient light and 360-degree view of the surrounding area
  • Environmentally-friendly landscaping
  • Aggregate-polished concrete for easier wheelchair and luggage maneuverability
  • Kinetic sculpture "Calliope's Movement" by Jeffery Laudenslager

rendering of multimodal gateway

Opened in Nov. 2015 in East Lansing, the Gateway replaced the original Amtrak station with a state-of-the-art transportation facility, which welcomes visitors and showcases the region, as well as incorporates rail, and city, regional and national bus lines. The large modern station provides convenient access to:

  • Daily Amtrak Blue Water service to Chicago and Port Huron
  • Intercity bus service on Indian Trails 
  • Taxi service
  • CATA’s Routes 18 and 20 year-round; Route 38 during MSU's fall and spring semesters

Take a virtual tour of the Capital Area Multimodal Gateway

Pay-by-Plate Parking

How much will it cost to park at the Multimodal Gateway?
Time Cost
30 minutes or less $1
Each hour or fraction thereof $2
24-hour maximum $10
Weekly maximum $50

Combinations of weeks and days will be permitted (for example, parking for one week and three days would cost $80)

To park in the lot, note your vehicle license plate number, continue to the designated pay kiosk to enter your plate number and pay. Credit cards and cash accepted. Exact change is required. Vehicles will be ticketed by Michigan State University Police for nonpayment.


Project Plan

When designing the new facility, it was discovered that there were many elements that needed to be included to achieve the priorities outlined. Those elements include:

  • Bus and train platforms with canopies
  • Drop-off/pickup and on-site parking
  • Public lobby with restrooms and concessions
  • Waiting shelters
  • Amtrak ticketing and baggage
  • Greyhound/Indian Trails ticketing and baggage
  • Multiuse gathering space
  • Employee work areas
  • Building storage and infrastructure

Project scope (PDF)

Impacts/timelines (PDF)

Project components (PDF)

Project Priorities

The development of the Capital Area Multi Modal Gateway, operated by CATA, comprises many project priorities, including:

  • Safety
  • Visability 
  • Catalyst for redevelopment
  • Sustainability
  • Durability