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Alternatives Analysis

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.

CATA Board Unanimously Adopts the Modified BRT Alternative as the Locally-Preferred Alternative

On February 16, 2011, the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) Board of Directors voted to adopt the Modified Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) alternative as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). This alternative is the product of the extensive planning and evaluation undertaken since the Summer of 2009, and has the unanimous support of the project Steering Committee. This concludes the evaluation of a broad range of transit modes and alignments to determine which alternative best meets the project goals and objectives.

Review One Pager #9 discussing the LPA that is BRT on Michigan/Grand River Avenues.

Michigan/Grand River Corridor

Since the summer of 2009, CATA has partnered with local communities to study the possibility of major transportation improvements along the Michigan/Grand River Corridor. The Michigan/Grand River Avenue Transportation Study followed the Federal Transit Administration’s process called an Alternatives Analysis. CATA and its study partners have completed the evaluation of three transit alternatives for the corridor. They include BRT, Light Rail Transit (LRT), and Modern Streetcar. Open houses were held November 2010 to review each alternative with the public. The study team completed the final phase of the Alternative Analysis on February 16, 2011, with the CATA Board of Directors' adoption of BRT on Michigan/Grand River as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).

Go to the Study Info page for further information.

Vision Statement - March 2, 2010

The Michigan/Grand River Avenue Transportation Study provides an opportunity for communities along the corridor to work together to connect their assets in a way that will support existing businesses, stimulate regional economic development, and improve the quality of life for all residents. The study will determine whether there is sufficient regional support for the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) to pursue federal funding for a quicker, higher-capacity way for residents to travel the busy route between the Capitol building and Meridian Mall. The decisions being made now will be important for decades to come for everyone who lives and works in this region.

Linking Our Communities

Michigan/Grand River is one of the most important corridors in the Tri-County area of Lansing, Michigan. It connects the State Capitol, downtown Lansing, Sparrow Hospital, downtown East Lansing, Michigan State University and the Meridian Mall. Mobility and accessibility along the corridor is vital to the long-term economic health of the region. Route 1, which runs along Michigan and Grand River Avenues, is the region’s most popular bus route. Given the concentration of students, residents, and jobs along the corridor, there is also a significant amount of walking and bicycling.