Meridian Board Votes Against CATA’s BRT

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 9:20 am
By: 
Alice Dreger

 

Above: sign at Coral Gables Plaza along the planned BRT route

The Meridian Township Board has passed a resolution in opposition to CATA’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Passed last night, the Board’s resolution has no formal impact on the plan, because the roads involved (Michigan and Grand River Avenues) are owned by the City of Lansing and the State of Michigan. But the move could affect CATA’s chances of obtaining federal funding for the project.

As ELi has previously reported, opposition to the project has been growing in Meridian Township. Last week, that opposition made its way over to East Lansing’s City Council when Ingham County Judge Bill Collette came as a citizen to ask East Lansing’s Council to consider possibly joining Meridian Township in formally opposing the project. MSU has also expressed concerns about the project.

At last week’s East Lansing City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier asked City Manager George Lahanas to arrange an update on the plan for Council from City staff.

Curt Smith of the Lansing State Journal reports that, after the Meridian Township Board’s vote, CATA’s CEO/Executive Director Sandy Draggoo said she will “sit down with my board and we will talk about what they’ve asked us to do.”