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Regional mobility ramps up with new services

Thursday, June 27, 2024

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In 2022, CATA’s chief executive officer also became executive director of the Eaton County Transportation Authority. Shared management was a monumental step toward deepening the ongoing partnership between the two transit providers and launching a new era of regional mobility across the Capital region. Since then, the transit partnership has rolled out exciting new services that make it easier than ever for CATA and EATRAN riders to get a seamless ride to their favorite destinations across county lines.

A group of people standing in front of a CATA spec-tran vehicle holding a ribbon. A woman with ceremonial scissors is poised to cut the ribbon.A recent online survey found that Eaton County residents support improved public transit services — and the CATA-EATRAN partnership is doing just that. A new and improved Charlotte Connector returned to service in January, allowing Charlotte residents to catch a ride to key employment and shopping destinations in Delta Township and beyond. The new Charlotte Connector offers improved routing and expanded service hours, and — in an unprecedented move — Saturday service. Four months later, EATRAN launched the Grand Ledge Connector.

The Charlotte Connector created a blueprint for regional mobility. Considerable thought, planning, research and collaboration were required to bring this concept to life in Eaton County. The EATRAN team delivered a mobility solution that includes the voice of riders and residents.

Combined with CATA’s Route 3 extension, which debuted in May 2023 and added 30 new bus stops, both EATRAN Connectors support a network that integrates riders in Charlotte and Grand Ledge to the entire CATA system. Need to get to the Lansing airport? How about an MSU football game? Got a new job at the Amazon Fulfillment Center? You can count on EATRAN and CATA to get you there.

Watch for even more service enhancements as the region’s public transit partnership continues to bear fruit for residents across the region.

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This content has been published in the 2024 Community Report.  

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A Word from our CEO

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Categories: Blog

Portrait photo of CATA CEO Bradley T. Funkhouser.

Dear Capital Region Resident:

As we reach the midpoint of another year filled with promise and progress, I'm thrilled to pause and reflect on the significant milestones we’ve attained in fiscal 2024. Our dedication to CATA's strategic goals remains unwavering: regional mobility, customer experience excellence, organizational strength, community partnership and dynamic workplace. These priorities continue to guide our efforts as we strive to meet the mobility needs of our region and beyond.

In recognition of our commitment to regional transit coordination, CATA was awarded $1.66 million from the Michigan Department of Transportation. This funding will support the Enhance Lansing Equity via Creative Transit Solutions project, to advance regional transit in an equitable manner. We're honored to partner with MDOT to ensure accessible and inclusive public transportation for all.

Our upcoming microtransit pilot program, alongside recent regional initiatives such as the Route 3 extension and the launch of EATRAN’s two Connectors in Eaton County, reflects our dedication to improving transit connectivity, increasing ridership, and reducing single-occupancy vehicle travel and associated air pollution. We're committed to staying at the forefront of progress, strengthening transportation options and enriching quality of life through innovative technologies and a shared vision with our transit partners, community leaders, business owners, stakeholders and, of course, our riders.

I'm excited about the future. Lansing Mayor Andy Schor's proposal to build a new home for municipal government adjacent to the CATA Transportation Center in downtown Lansing offers an extraordinary opportunity for CATA to help develop a regional transit-oriented, mixed-use facility. This facility could address our administrative space constraints and potentially accommodate other regional offices and their employees downtown. There is also an opportunity to foster collaboration and efficiency by bringing much-needed public services to the heart of Lansing.

Transit plays a key role in regional economic development, making our region an attractive place to live, work and start a business. CATA serves as a lifeline for many and a valuable resource for all. This new project represents a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to improve access to CATA services and enhance public transportation infrastructure. We’re committed to working with the city and other agencies to provide robust, high-quality transit services that meet the diverse needs of our community.

Join us in celebrating our achievements and vision for the future. Within the pages of CATA's 2024 Community Report, you'll find stories that highlight the Authority’s pledge to deliver the highest standard of service to our community. We're here to serve you, and reaffirm our commitment to delivering exceptional public transportation services, now and in years to come.


Bradley T. Funkhouser

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5 Halloween Events You Can't Miss While Riding CATA

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

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Spooky and family friendly nights are just around the corner while riding CATA’s fixed routes! Hop on a CATA bus to enjoy some of the best Halloween events the Capital Area region has to offer this season. Let CATA take you to some of the most exciting and memorable events that you and your family won’t forget. Happy Halloween season!
Potter Park Zoo - Boo at the Zoo
Enjoy an exciting day full of your favorite candy, a variety of costumes and creatures all around the zoo! This event is bewitching for the whole family and Halloween attire is highly encouraged to immerse yourself in the magic. We recommend using our ‘plan my trip’ feature to take advantage of Route 8 for an easy ride without parking hassles. Don’t miss the last weekend of Boo at the Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 28, ad Sunday, Oct. 29 from noon to 5 p.m.
Downtown Lansing - Trick or Treat on the Square 
This super spooktacular and interactive event is perfect for an exciting night out with your kiddos! Meetup on Washington Square to visit Downtown Lansing businesses all around the block. The event will take place on Friday, October 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., you won’t want to miss out on this exciting adventure! Getting in on the fun couldn't be simpler with CATA, since the fun is easily within walking distance from the downtown CATA Transportation Center (CTC), or you can take Route 1 to get there in no time. We hope you and your loved ones have the best time sightseeing and loading up on the best sweet candies. Be sure to join CATA at this event, we will have a ghostly decorated bus passing out treats!

Dog Trick-or-Treating in Old Town
Who doesn’t want to watch the cutest pups dress up this Halloween season? Come check out Dogs-Trick-or-Treating through Old Town Streets wearing the most adorable costumes! This event will take place on October 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. To attend this event, you should meet up with our furry friends at Preuss Pets where participants are given a goodie bag full of fun surprises. Also for your friends and family members, this event will have special sales located in the dog department, food trucks, and vendors galore. If you are interested in attending this event, we recommend taking a CATA bus to the CTC and then hopping on Route 16, to get you there as efficiently as possible.

Halloween Costume Giveaway
In need of a super last-minute Halloween costume? Join the local “All Washed Up” Laundromat located on MLK and Holmes Road, Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a perfect opportunity to donate old or used costumes! There is also a chance to come in and enter to win a costume from this exciting giveaway! In order to attend this event, we recommend you take Route 2 to get you there with no hassle.
Breakout Escape Rooms
For top thrill and scavenger hunt fans we have the Halloween activity of your dreams! Check out Breakout Escape Rooms located in Lansing on October 27, 28 and 29. By reservation, you and the whole family can enjoy 9 various themed rooms to accommodate any size group! Children will also be rewarded with prizes for completing the Escape rooms! Be sure to check out their website here to learn more information.
How to plan your trip
If you and your favorite ghoul tag-a-longs used CATA to get you there, please tag @ridecata on your social media platforms! We would love to see everyone out and about and make all of the best Halloween memories while riding CATA. Whether you're haunting the town for Halloween or just riding CATA to work, CATA will always have you covered with the latest information on the front page of our website! Looking for more once you hang up your costume? Check out our blog on the best winter activities around Lansing here.
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