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Transit Partners Continue Moving Towards Regional Mobility

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

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What happens when leaders from neighboring counties get behind the concept of seamless and convenient rides across boundary lines?


What began as an idea to better coordinate public transit services across the Capital City region now has evolved into a historic partnership between CATA, EATRAN and Clinton Area Transit System that results in seamless connections between all three jurisdictions, allowing riders to reach their destinations more quickly and efficiently than ever before.

The new partnershipRoute 3 CATA bus in front of a stop with someone waiting took a monumental step forward last fall with the announcement that CATA CEO Bradley T. Funkhouser would also lead EATRAN, allowing the neighboring public transit agencies to collaborate in powerful new ways to achieve the dream of full regional mobility. Further strengthening cross-jurisdiction connections, CATA and Clinton Transit also forged a new interlocal agreement that will help align each system’s transit services and schedules.

In May 2023, CATA announced the extension of service year-round west of the Lansing Mall to Marketplace Boulevard on Route 3 into Delta Township. Approximately 30 new bus stops were added on the route extension.

“This is a huge win for Eaton County and the entire tri-county region,” said State Rep. Angela Witwer, 76th House District. “Since 2019, I’ve advocated for regionalized transportation. We’ve planned for and worked together to make this vision a reality. It’s a necessity if we hope to compete for and attract prospective businesses and employers to invest in our region.”

While CATA is making significant progress toward regional mobility, much work remains. Extended routes, additional service options and expanded schedules require investment. Local and state officials recognize that Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties are actively working with CATA to fill funding gaps to bring regional mobility to fruition.

This content has been published in the 2023 Community Report.

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