CATA says it serves up 1.7 million annual rides on the Grand River route, which runs from the state Capitol and past the Michigan State University campus before ending at Meridian Mall. However some people in Ingham County are looking to make that bus line faster and a wave of the future by building a BRT or a Bus Rapid Transit, on the Grand River Route.

CATA CEO Sandy Draggoo says, “It is the future, it is something that we could bring to the region that would change things, that would bring economic development.” In terms of money it would bring in $99 million in federal money.

Critics say the plan would hurt local businesses, endanger pedestrians, waste taxpayer dollars and increase traffic congestion.  Here’s the latest from the Lansing State Journal.