MSU Campus

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.


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  

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.

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.

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.