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Meridian BRT opponents say they’re not getting answers from CATA

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The Capital Area Transportation Authority is facing resistance in Meridian Township over a plan to create a bus rapid transit system.

A proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) line is meeting with particular resistance in Meridian Township. We ask two opponents why they’re resisting CATA’s efforts to move forward with the federally and state-subsidized project.

Opponents of a planned Bus Rapid Transit line between Lansing and Okemos continue to press their case. Twice yesterday, Meridian Township business owners and residents had a chance to ask questions and vent concerns with officials from the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA), which would operate the line.

CATA says studies show the $133-million project will enable faster, safer travel down Michigan and Grand River Avenues and will stimulate more economic development. opponents continue to doubt the benefits of the federally and state-funded plan, which would create dedicated bus lanes and alter intersections and traffic patterns.

In a few days, we’ll hear from BRT supporters here on Current State. Today, we talk with two opponents. Brett Dreyfus is the Meridian Township clerk, and Renee Korrey is a (longtime) Meridian Township resident.

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