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5 reasons to love public transportation

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Categories: Community

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There’s more to taking the bus than its ability to get you from point A to point B. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we decided to share five things we love most about public transportation.

1. It’s affordable – and it saves you money

Gas prices fluctuate regularly, but with public transit, you’re likely spending the same amount for each ride and there are often frequent rider options. See CATA’s rates and frequent rider options here.

Making the switch from driving to public transportation for your daily commute can save you money in the long run – approximately $9,946 per year on average, according to a September 2017 report from the American Public Transit Association.

2. It’s convenient

With set schedules for fixed routes, you know when your ride is going to arrive. Outside of fixed routes, CATA offers additional services in nearby communities and at Michigan State University. Riders have the option to sign up for alerts to let them know about changes to their commute. Take the worry out of finding the right routes. With our trip planner, you know exactly which routes to take and the Transit App lets you see where your bus is.

3. It’s safer than driving a car

An individual’s risk of being in an accident can be reduced by more than 90 percent by electing to travel using public transportation instead of driving a car, per a 2015 study from the American Public Transportation Association.

4. It helps the environment

Using public transit helps reduce carbon emissions and gasoline consumption. It also eases traffic congestion, which minimizes pollution from vehicles that aren’t moving. By choosing public transportation over driving, you’re playing a role in making the air cleaner.

5. It gives you an opportunity to get to know your community

Public transit can make it easier to plan a trip to a popular local attraction, enjoy a night out on the town or just become more familiar with your neighborhood. Ride CATA today and fall in love with public transit!

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Five things you have to check out this winter in Lansing

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Categories: Community

Bus in front of CATA Transportation Center

Freezing temperatures and icy roads can make Michigan winters a drag sometimes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fun things to do in the Lansing area during the cold months. We’ve made a list of five things to do in Greater Lansing to help you enjoy the winter season.

1. Art & Craft BeerFest              

This indoor festival on the main strip of REO Town will take place on Saturday, January 27. Check out art, music and short films as you sample craft beer. There will also be food trucks on site, along with eats from Saddleback BBQ and Good Truckin’ Diner. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the gate. Take Route 2 to REO Town for this festival that you don’t want to miss.

2. Ice Skating at Suburban Ice

Ice skating is a fun winter activity for adults and children alike. Suburban Ice in East Lansing has public skate hours every day in the month of January. Check out their calendar for public skating times. Public Skate is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and only $2 for skate rental. Take Route 1 to Hannah Plaza to have some fun on the ice!

3. Check out a local coffee shop

Escape the cold of winter by cozying up at a local coffee shop with a hot drink. The Lansing area has several charming cafes to choose from. Take Route 1 to Strange Matter Coffee on Michigan Avenue, or take Route 14 to Old Town to grab a drink at Bloom Coffee Roasters. Headed to REO Town? Hop on Route 2 to check out Blue Owl Coffee.

4. Winter sports at Michigan State University

Take advantage of having a Big Ten school in your hometown and check out an MSU sporting event! Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have home games at the Breslin Center through February. Take Route 20 to the Breslin Center, or park in Ramp 5 and use the game day shuttle to get you to the door. The hockey team will also have home games throughout the winter season. Go to the MSU Official Athletic Site for schedules and tickets.

5. Snow Tubing at Hawk Island Park

You’ve gone sledding, but have you ever gone snow tubing? For $10 per person, or $8 for groups of 4 or more, enjoy a day of snow tubing at Hawk Island Park. Check out their hours before heading out. Ride a tube down the groomed course that extends over 500 feet, and then hop on the conveyor belt to take you back to the top of the hill. Take Route 8 and you’ll only be a short walk from the park entrance.

 

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Six things you have to do this summer in Lansing

Monday, June 19, 2017

Categories: Community

Crowd in front of a CATA bus at Cooley Law School Stadium

Summer in Lansing means not only longer days and warmer temperatures, but a whole new calendar of events for you to check out. Whether you are looking for something family friendly or a night to leave the kids at home, there is something for you. Check out our list of events and activities that you can’t miss this summer:

  • Lansing Lugnuts: Route 1 will take you to the front entrance of Cooley Law School Stadium. Bring your family and friends to cheer on the Lugnuts, and don’t forget your foam finger!
  • Taste of Country: Another reason to head to Cooley Law School Stadium this summer! Get tickets for the June 9 concert to see some of the biggest names in country music right in downtown Lansing.
  • Lake Lansing: Many summer activities take place on Lake Lansing and its two surrounding parks. Friday night concerts at the bandshell are just one of the fun things to do. Grab a blanket and sit on the lawn to enjoy some summer tunes! To visit Lake Lansing Park South, take route number 23, and get off at Marsh before Lake Lansing Road.
  • Potter Park Zoo: Hop on route 8 for some summer entertainment at Potter Park Zoo. The zoo is open daily as of April 1, and residents are admitted for free on non-holiday Mondays.
  • Lansing Beer Fest: Take route 2 to REO Town and join in on the Lansing Beer Fest. On June 17, Washington Avenue will be transformed into a festival featuring beer from 25 Michigan breweries, more than 100 craft beers, food trucks and vendors.
  • Common Ground Music Festival: It wouldn't be summer without Lansing’s Common Ground Music Festival at Adado Riverfront Park. Get your tickets now for July 6-9, and start planning a week of music and fun. All of CATA’s downtown routes will be running, but with scheduled event detours. You can keep up with these detours by subscribing to CATA’s Rider Alerts.

 

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