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Top 5 Destinations to Discover by CATA This Fall

Monday, October 16, 2023

Categories: Community

As autumn paints the Capital City region  with vibrant color, it's the perfect time to discover all of the fantastic fall activities the community  has to offer. From corn mazes to scenic hikes, we'll explore the top attractions. Plus, we'll show you how easy it is to get around using CATA. Here are five fall activities that residents can enjoy by hopping on a CATA bus!

Visit a Corn Maze at Cottage GardensBestmaze II entrance

 

A visit to a local corn maze is the perfect family outing this fall! It's an opportunity for quality time, laughter and a little friendly competition. Whether you're navigating the twists and turns or racing to find the exit, the corn maze promises unforgettable memories.

The original “Bestmaze in Williamston” unfortunately shut down last year after 22 years, but there’s good news: Bestmaze II is here, designed and installed by the original owner, and residents can take Route 9 to get there!

Visit a Local Farmers Market 

The vibrant local farmers market scene is booming in the region, with many opportunities to shop and support local farmers and artisans. These markets offer a diverse array of fresh produce and handcrafted goods, making it a true epicenter of community and sustainable living.

Every Sunday until October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the East Lansing Farmers Market. The East Lansing Farmers Market is a market supplied exclusively by growers. Located within easy reach of both the MSU campus and the downtown East Lansing area, residents can take Route 1 and have the opportunity to stock up on a wide variety of Michigan-grown produce and goods. This includes items such as vegetables, fruits, artisan bread, cheese, meats, coffee, maple syrup, honey, flowers and much more to fill their shopping bags with.

Take a Color Tour

During the fall, Lansing becomes a lively, beautiful place with colorful foliage. You can visit local parks and nature centers to see pretty sights and go for walks or bike rides. It's a great time for people who like being outside and enjoying nature.

Here’s a brief list of places you can visit to take a color tour:

There are also plenty of other areas in the Capital City region for people to discover and enjoy nature. The possibilities are endless!

Watch a Football Game at Spartan Stadium 

 

Community members have a convenient way to enjoy the excitement of Michigan State University football games during the fall by taking Route 1 to East Lansing. CATA offers well-connected routes that take fans directly to Spartan Stadium, where they can cheer on the team. By using the bus, residents can skip the hassle of parking and traffic, making game day a stress-free experience. CATA also offers multiple game day shuttles to get you to the game. 

Attending the football games is an incredibly fun activity for families. It's a chance to bond over the thrilling atmosphere of the stadium, share team spirit and create lasting memories. Kids and parents alike can enjoy the excitement of the game, the halftime shows and the overall camaraderie, making it a memorable outing that unites generations in their support for the Spartans.

Visit Potter Park Zoo 

Fall is a great time to visit Potter Park Zoo with the cooler weather and gorgeous fall colors. Families can also enjoy  Boo at the Zoo events taking place on weekends during the month of October from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Kids can come dressed in their Halloween costumes and enjoy activities such as straw mazes, hayrides, cider and donuts, obstacle courses and more. For families looking for a fun weekend outing this fall, Route 8 provides a convenient way to reach Potter Park for the Boo at the Zoo event. 

 

From navigating corn mazes to cheering on the Spartans at Spartan Stadium, the possibilities are boundless. Thanks to CATA's well-connected routes, residents can effortlessly explore these fall delights without the hassles of traffic and parking. Embrace this season of togetherness, create everlasting memories and plan your trip with CATA!

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Getting to Work in the Capital City Region is Easy with CATA

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Categories: Blog

“CATA has helped me throughout many stages in my life, from school to now using the buses to get to and from work,” said Ashley Yates, 10-year CATA rider. Ashley uses CATA for all of her daily needs such as going to work, doctors’ appointments and visiting friends. Within ten minutes, Ashley can be picked up before and after her shift to ensure she gets to where she needs to be efficiently and on time. For some CATA riders, taking public transportation is their only option for getting to and from work. 

What kind of jobs are in the area?

There are hundreds of positions opening for job seekers to apply. According to the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), the top employers in, and around, Lansing include the State of Michigan, McLaren Health, Michigan State University, General Motors, Sparrow Health Systems and others. An article from Jobs2Careers states that there are over 300 hundred job openings in the region ranging from little to no experience companies like Meijer allowing flexible schedules that work around employee’s life and educational pursuits. For assistance on how to prepare yourself for your next position, Capital Area Michigan Works website can help job seekers of all kinds.

How do I get there?

With 32 fixed-routes, CATA provides transportation to work for many people across the Capital City region. Route 18 is the most recent addition to CATA’s list of fixed-route service. This route was designed to take employees from South Lansing to McLaren and MSU, providing a direct route for many employees living on the city’s south side. A full list of CATA’s available routes, as well as a trip-planning tool on CATA's Routes & Schedules webpage.

Do I really save money riding CATA to work?

According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), households spend 16% of their income on transportation, with 93% of that going toward buying, maintaining and operating cars. By using public transportation and living with one less car, households can save around $10,000. When finding a reliable ride to locations such as work, residents want to ensure they are getting there on time and without the financial obstacles of owning a car or utilizing rideshare services. According to Ashley, “Uber is too expensive for me to get anywhere I need to go. CATA is one of the most affordable modes of transportation available to me.” 

Looking to the future:

CATA is always looking to improve their services for riders. In coming years, big changes such as microtransit and electric buses may provide riders with additional opportunity to utlize services and taking steps towards regional mobility with seamless connections between jurisdictions

Do you have suggestions for how CATA can better get you to work? Submit your thoughts at cata.org/feedback.

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5 Fun Things for Students to Do in Lansing This Summer

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Categories: Blog, Community

“I love playing basketball. I use CATA to get to the YMCA or one of the local parks to play with my cousins pretty often,” says Tirean Johnson, a recent high school graduate from J.W. Sexton High School. "There isn’t really a place that I want to go to that CATA can’t take me.” Despite being out of school, Tirean still values and utilizes his student bus pass quite often. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the summer quickly winds down, there are still a lot of exciting events and places to go to in the Capital City region before students head back to school. Want to get out and enjoy some of the awesome things Lansing has to offer? Jump on CATA’s Route 1 which runs from downtown Lansing to the Meridian Mall in Okemos. Here are 5 fun things to do along the route during the final days of summer:  

1. Take flight during the new Mission Impossible movie at Studio C  

Studio C is a movie theater located conveniently at Meridian Mall. There are a variety of highly anticipated films premiering this season including the new Barbie Movie, Spider-Man Across the Spider Verse, The Little Mermaid, Pixar’s Elemental and many more! 

2. Test your skee ball skills at Pinball Pete’s in Downtown East Lansing   

Downtown East Lansing has a variety of activities to do including summer events such as the East Lansing Art Festival, hanging out at the arcade at Pinball Pete’s, experiencing the abundance of shops and restaurants in the area or renting a private karaoke room with some friends at Nimbus.  

3. Take a bite out of Spartan rivalries at the MSU Dairy Store  

There are so many things to do just on Michigan State’s campus alone. You can see a show at the Abrams Planetarium or the Wharton Center, get some ice cream at the MSU Dairy Store, organize a pick-up basketball or soccer game, play some tennis with some friends, bike the trails and explore the Beal botanical gardens. The possibilities are endless.  

4. Roll into Summer at Frandor Shopping Center   

Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing offers over 60 stores and restaurants as well as a skate park for area residents. Chances are anything you can think of can be found here. You could even try a new international snack or treat at World Market and other local eateries and shops. 

5. Find a reason to get dressed up Downtown Lansing  

In downtown Lansing alone, students can attend one of the many events the city has to offer including Capital City Comic-Con, Common Ground Music Festival, etc. You can also head to Jackson Field and catch a Lansing Lugnuts game throughout the summer. Students can also visit Impression 5, an interactive science museum off of Michigan Ave.  

And like other high school students, Tirean utilizes CATA's services to take him places he wants to go. Not only does ride CATA gives students the opportunity to explore local destinations, but it promotes promotes responsibility and general real world experience. 

For additional information, visit cata.org/lansingschooldistrict.

 

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