Bus Rapid Transit Project raises more concerns

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – For the past few months the Bus Rapid Transit project, also known as the BRT, has caused quite the uproar in the community.

For those who are hearing about this project for the first time, the BRT project would move CATA buses from mixed traffic lanes into their own dedicated center lanes.

But not everyone agrees it’s a good idea.

“It’s a difficult and complicated issue,” Meridian Township Manager, Frank Walsh said.

It’s to no surprise the Bus Rapid Transit project continues to raise concerns.

“The majority of the township board is looking at possibly suspending our support for the project and that’s based on an input from the business community and lots of residents,” Walsh stated.

Walsh feels someone needs to step up and take action on the BRT.

“We need leadership on this project and Meridian Township plans to take a lead,” he continues.

Although some businesses are against the CATA project, others are a bit more optimistic.

“It’s going to be a little bit of an inconvenience for some drivers but you have to look at the other side of the glasses…is it going to be beneficial to other people and I think it’s going to be…the pros are going to outweigh the cons,” Randy Charvat, Store Manager at Sleep Doctor Mattress Store said.

But the question still stands, how is CATA working with local businesses who feel they will be affected?

“I have been meeting with businesses who are inviting me to the table to talk about their specific concerns,” Assistant Executive Director for CATA, Debbie Alexander stated.

Alexander says CATA will continue to listen to the community and make changes that are brought to the table.

“It is our plan at this point to take it one step at a time, it’s a very long process, it’s a very prescribed process,” Alexander said.

And as far as Meridian Township is concerned, they have one thing in mind.

“What we hope is that we can come together instead of a yes or no we can come together with CATA, with the business community, with our residents and come up with some sort of plan or compromise that works for the community,” Walsh stated.

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