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Spec-Tran is CATA’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit service for people unable to use CATA’s fixed-route system. This is an advance reservation, curb-to-curb service that uses small low-floor vans and lift-equipped buses to transport customers. 

Spec-Tran customers must be certified in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please download the ADA pre-certification application (PDF).

Service Area

Spec-Tran service is available throughout Lansing and East Lansing and in Delhi, Delta, Lansing and Meridian townships. The service-area boundaries are outlined on this map. Ride reservations will be limited to the service area. No exceptions will be allowed. Customers outside the service area may transfer from other services (such as those indicated on the map) to Spec-Tran at one of the connection points identified on the map.

Service Hours

Spec-Tran operates seven days a week during the same hours as CATA fixed-route service. For specific hours, call 517-394-CATA.

CATA services, including Spec-Tran, do not operate on any of the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Paying For Your Ride

Spec-Tran fare is $2.50 for each one-way ride. 

You can pay for your Spec-Tran fare with:

  • Cash (you must have the exact fare; drivers cannot make change)
  • Pre-paid Spec-Tran punch cards
  • Blue Spec-Tran tokens

For more information on fares, discounts, and buying punch cards online, visit our fares information page. 

Reserving a Ride

Schedule your ride by calling 517-394-CATA (2282) between 8 AM and 5 PM to schedule rides up to 14 days in advance. The Spec-Tran reservation line is open seven days a week, year-round, including holidays.

Spec-Tran service is not available on a same-day basis. Please let the Spec-Tran office know if you will be accompanied by a personal assistant or guest. Your personal assistant rides for free. You may bring one guest with you on Spec-Tran. They will pay the same fare as you.

It is important to let the Spec-Tran office know if personal assistants, guests, or children will be accompanying you at the time you make your reservation.

Canceling a Ride

To cancel a ride, call 517-394-CATA (2282). Cancellations must be made at least 90 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time or as soon as possible so that drivers’ schedules can be adjusted. Rides canceled less than 90 minutes in advance are considered no-shows. The cancellation line is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You will be required to provide your client identification number when canceling a ride.

Wheelchairs and Other Mobility Devices

Customers may bring aboard mobility devices such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. CATA will transport any mobility device as long as the combined weight is within the actual dimensions and design load of the vehicle.

As a courtesy to other passengers in the vehicle, customers are asked to limit packages to as many as they and/or their personal care assistant or companion can carry on board in one trip.

Service Animals

ADA regulations define a service animal as any animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. Service animals are welcome on all CATA vehicles.

  • Service animals must be clean and well-groomed. 
  • Service animals should be leashed and under the owner’s control. Customers should not ask the driver to take the animal’s leash or harness or to assist in the care of the animal.
  • The customer is responsible for knowing the best way for the animal to board the vehicle. 
  • Service animals are expected to sit on the floor of the vehicle. 
  • Animals that display disruptive or threatening behavior will not be allowed on any CATA service or property. 

Spec-Tran Guide

For a detailed Spec-Tran guide, download the Spec-Tran Brochure (PDF) (updated Feb. 2018), or call the Spec-Tran office at 517-394-CATA (2282).

Audio Schedule for Spec-Tran Guide

Download the Spec-Tran audio schedule (20.1 MB). Looking for audio schedules for other routes? Access all audio schedules on our Disability Services page.


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.