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CATA official responds to BRT critics

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An early rendering of CATA's Bus Rapid Transit proposal

The proposal to create a Bus Rapid Transit system between the Capitol and Meridian Township continues to be revised. We talk with CATA’s assistant executive director Debbie Alexander about what’s next.

As we’ve been reporting on this week, the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) has recently revised its plans for a proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that would run from the state Capitol in Lansing to Meridian Township. The agency says such a transit model would provide faster bus service to its customers and spur economic development along the Grand River and Michigan Avenue corridors.

But there’s been plenty of opposition to the plan, mainly from business owners who say the BRT would make it physically more difficult for customers to access their shops. Yesterday on this program we heard from Ingham County Circuit Judge Bill Collette, a member of the group Stop CATA’s BRT.

Today, we hear from a top official at CATA. Debbie Alexander is the agency’s assistant executive director.

Kevin Lavery served as a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered before retiring in 2023.
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