Meridian Township Board of Trustees turns away from CATA’s BRT project

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, MI (WLNS) – To say the Capital Area Transportation Authority’s Bus Rapid Transit project has been polarizing would be an understatement.

For years residents have adamantly sided in favor or against the BRT. Tuesday night, that voice resurfaced in Meridian Township.

The board said they’ll continue to stay opposed to CATA’s BRT project in it’s current plan after trustees decided they were not going to take any action on it.

Now, the reason this topic was up for discussion Tuesday night, is because back in July, the Township Board gave CATA roughly three months to work with the public so that everyone could come to an agreement on a plan.

A couple weeks ago, CATA introduced five different concepts or ideas to the public to show them what the BRT would look like if those concepts were used to modify the current plan.

The board was not convinced Tuesday night. Trustee Milton Scales proposed that amendment back in July. This is what he had to say about the decision Tuesday night.

“CATA had five ideas that were thought to be options and they were not options, they were just ideas and they really don’t fit our community,” Trustee Scales said. “So we’re moving forward, we’re going to still be in opposition of the Bus Rapid Transit system.”

CATA officials did not comment on this measure Tuesday night, however, it’s worth mentioning that CATA does not need permission from the public to act on the BRT because as of right now, it isn’t going to a public vote.

However, tax payers do chip in for CATA services.

6 News has reported that Michigan State University, the Lansing Chamber of Commerce and many businesses have come out against the project in its current plan.

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