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CATA's Listening Bus Is All Ears

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

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CATA wants your opinion to help continue building service that meets your needs. During “Listening Bus” sessions, CATA representatives regularly board buses to interact with customers and document their feedback.

Those unable to attend an onboard Listening Bus session, or customers utilizing any of CATA’s paratransit services who would like to provide input about their trips can do so by submitting the online feedback form or by calling a Customer Experience Representative at 517-394-1000.

Responses obtained will be considered in new route planning, the enhancement of existing services and/or the elimination of services that no longer effectively serve riders.

Someone waiting outside a CATA bus shelter

By actively engaging with passengers during their daily commute, CATA aims to establish an open and inclusive dialogue. Responses are considered in new route planning and design, service enhancements and/or reduction of services that no longer effectively serve riders.

Visit for details regarding upcoming Listening Bus sessions, routes and times.

Can’t join in person? Share your input by submitting the online feedback form at or by calling a Customer Experience Representative at 517-394-1000.

This content has been published in the 2023 Community Report.

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Free Rides To Ingham County Parks

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

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Ingham County boasts a wide variety of parks with trails, playgrounds, picnic areas and sports facilities, all available for visitors to enjoy. A partnership between CATA and the Ingham County Parks and Recreation Department makes visiting these parks a little easier.

Kids swinging on a tire swing in a park

To encourage outdoor recreation and provide accessible transportation options, CATA is offering free curb-to-curb rides to Burchfield Park in Delhi Township, Lake Lansing Park South & North in Meridian Township and Hawk Island Park in the City of Lansing.

Through the provision of free rides, CATA and the Ingham County Parks and Recreation Department seeks to remove any potential transportation and parking obstacles that may otherwise prevent families, outdoor enthusiasts and people of all ages from experiencing these wonderful amenities.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this exciting initiative, get on board a CATA bus and embark on a memorable journey to explore the beautiful parks of Ingham County. Visit for more details.

Parks and Services

Burchfield Park (Delhi Township)

Hawk Island Park (City of Lansing)

Lake Lansing Park South & North (Meridian Township)

*Spec-Tran customers must be certified in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

This content has been published in the 2023 Community Report.

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A Moment in Time

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

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A Moment in Time

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and although that may be true, in this case: a picture is worth capturing a moment in time. A snapshot of an everyday task, the 8 a.m. morning commute, has made its way into local history in the form of an oil painting.

People wait for the train next to a white train station building in the early morningAs the sun peaked over the horizon, morning commuters were cast in a warm glow while waiting for the train at the old station on Harrison Road in East Lansing; inspiration struck local artist Nancy Aitcheson.

“I was on my way to work at MSU some summer morning in 2014. I have driven past the train station multiple times before. But on this beautiful morning the sun hit the scene just right of people going about their business. I was intrigued,” said Aitcheson. “I rolled into the QD parking lot across the street and took a bunch of photos before the sun could shift. I was even late for work to capture the moment.”

Aitcheson knew that one day she would turn those photos into an oil painting, but she didn’t know that the images could become a part of history. The landscape was about to change, and that old train station would soon transform into today’s Capital Area Multimodal Gateway. The new facility operated by CATA, opened in 2015 to replace the nearby Amtrak and bus station which began operations in 1974.

Aitchenson stands holding her panoramic art piece of the people waiting for the trainFour years later, Aitcheson laid out the panoramic photos to recreate the scene on a rigid board. She spent months finalizing the piece of art. She removed signs and some cars to make everything come to life.

“The intrigue of where they are going is still true today. I make a story up for them – who are they, what are they doing, where are they going? They are all going somewhere,” shared Aitcheson.

The painting was on display during a local exhibit in October 2022. She said attendees were entertained and recognized the old train station. Perhaps, the viewers had waited for a train before, or were reminded of a similar scene. The local landmark can now be remembered through the lens of the artist and memories of those who experienced this station firsthand.


Headshot of Nancy AitchensonAbout the Artist

Nancy Aitcheson studied Studio Art and Design at Mott Community College, and Illustration and Graphic Design at Lansing Community College. After many college courses in studio art and graphic design, she attended art workshops to continue educating herself. She has had several years of formal fine art and graphic design training, but still considers herself self-taught.

Later, she worked as a full-time graphic designer at Michigan State University. Currently retired, her creative energy is devoted to still life paintings, people in everyday situations, interiors and plein air landscapes. She continues to work part-time as a graphic designer at Michigan State University’s Surplus Store and Recycling Center. Today, Nancy is an award-winning artist with multiple accolades. Visit her website at for more information.

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