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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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