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Chamber opposition another hurdle for CATA Bus Rapid Transit plan

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Last week, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce announced its opposition to CATA's BRT plan.

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced its opposition to the Capital Area Transportation Authority’s Bus Rapid Transit plan. We talk with Tim Daman and Joe Ford from the Chamber about why they disapprove of the BRT.

Current State has been covering the Capital Area Transportation Authority’s plan to build a Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) from downtown Lansing to Meridian Township. CATA has secured millions of dollars in grants to pay for the project, which would devote special lanes along Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue for buses. Opposition has been voiced along the route, and especially in Meridian Township.

Now, the plan has a new foe. Last week, the Greater Lansing Chamber of Commerce announced that it now opposes the BRT.

We talk about this latest development with Chamber president Tim Daman and Joe Ford of Netvantage Marketing, chairman of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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