MSU Students

2019/2020 MSU Campus Service

CATA’s Spartan Service operates during fall and spring semesters. Dedicated free-fare campus routes serve all university apartments, residence halls, commuter lots and main campus facilities throughout the day and evening. Demand-response service (requires the ride be requested) provides late-night and early morning curb-to-curb transportation within the boundaries of the university for comprehensive 24/7 service. Rides provided upon request require a 60-cent fare or bus pass. 

Spartan Service:
  • Aug, 26 - Dec. 15, 2019
  • Jan. 6 - Mar. 1, 2020 (Spring Break: week of March 2)
  • Mar. 9 - May 3, 2020

Additionally, CATA provides year-round service from off-campus apartments in the East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett and Jolly/Dunckel Road areas to MSU.

View a map of campus service

View a map of all CATA fixed-route service

Monday-Friday Service

CATA operates six fixed routes on campus starting at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday with service until 2:30 a.m. unless noted:

  • Route 30 South & East Neighborhoods
  • Route 31 Brody & East Neighborhoods
  • Route 32 Commuter Lot - Clinical Center - Auditorium (service concludes at 7 p.m.)
  • Route 33 Union - South Neighborhood (service concludes at 10:30 p.m.)
  • Route 38 Spartan Village (service concludes at 10:45 p.m.)
  • Route 39 University Village

Weekend Service

CATA operates three fixed routes on campus from 9 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays:

  • 34 Brody Neighborhood - University Village
  • 35 South Neighborhood - Spartan Village
  • 36 East Neighborhood  

Transit App

Transit is CATA's recommended app for real-time information and trip planning. For more information about the app visit their website here

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Lot Link and Night Owl

Lot Link and Night Owl provide curb-to-curb transportation on MSU’s campus seven days a week during the academic year. Lot Link operates in the evening and on the weekends to provide connections between MSU parking lots #80, 83, 89 or 91 and another campus location. Lot Link is also available for service to/from Spartan Village Monday-Friday. Night Owl provides late night/early morning campus service when other CATA services are not running. Service is restricted to campus boundaries. Call 517-432-8888 when you are ready for a ride. A small bus will arrive within 20 minutes of your call to take you to your campus destination. No advance reservations will be accepted. A 60-cent fare is required. Bus passes are also accepted

         Monday through Friday           Saturday & Sunday  

Lot Link:           7 p.m. to 2 a.m.           9 a.m. to 2 a.m.  

Night Owl:         2 a.m. to 7 a.m.          2 a.m. to 9 a.m.

MSU-CATA Transportation Center (Shaw Parking Ramp #1)

The main boarding center and transfer point for CATA routes serving MSU is open 24-7. The facility is located across from Shaw Hall and includes bus schedules and maps, indoor seating, community policing office, public restrooms, vending machines and an ATM, access to MSU’s Ramp 1 parking, and CATA’s Experience Service direct phone lines.

Disability Service

CATA operates on-campus Spec-Tran service 7 days a week for passengers with disabilities who cannot use fixed-route. Spec-Tran MSU passengers are eligible for free passes through MSU's Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Bus Passes

Off-campus buses require a bus pass or 60-cent reduced fare per trip. Transfers are free. 

Purchase on campus at the MSU ID Office located in the International Center. Purchase off campus at the Student Book Store at 421 Grand River, East Lansing. 


Purchase on campus at the MSU ID Office located in the International Center. Purchase off campus at the Student Book Store at 421 Grand River, East Lansing. 

Purchase bus passes online.