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Curb-to-Curb & Paratransit

NOTICE: Due to a national vehicle shortage, CATA has recently acquired vehicles in a variety of colors to continue to provide the best possible service to riders. Spec-Tran customers may see grey, white or black vans with CATA’s wordmark displayed on them to service clients. Operators will continue to provide an excellent customer experience and follow existing protocols.

CATA offers a variety of advance-reservation, curb-to-curb services that will take you to your destination.

CATA is now offering Spec-Tran eligible riders the opportunity to arrange “wait stop trips”. View the frequently asked questions here regarding this new service beginning Jan. 9, 2023.

When most people think of CATA, they think of big buses picking up customers at bus stops. But there are additional services available to get you where you need to go - near a bus route, within a township, in rural Ingham County or on MSU’s campus.

Paratransit services utilize smaller buses and minivans and run curb-to-curb which means you are picked up at your curb and taken to your destination. As a demand-response service, all rides must be reserved in advance. This applies to the following services:

  • CRS
  • Lot Link
  • Night Owl
  • Redi-Rides
  • Spec-Tran

Connector and Shopping Bus operate on a regular schedule, therefore ride reservations are not required.

CRS, Lot Link, Night Owl, Mason Connector, and Redi-Rides No-Show Rules (Excludes Spec-Tran)

Paratransit No-Show Rules

Cameras on Board Paratransit Vehicles

In April 2018 CATA contracted with Transdev, an international public transit services company, to assist with transporting CATA’s paratransit customers. With this new partnership comes a new initiative—cameras on board.

For the safety of our drivers, passengers and community, all small buses and minivans operated by Transdev will be equipped with technology that records audio and video of activities occurring inside and/or outside the vehicle. This technology is powered by Lytx in partnership with Transdev and CATA.