MSU to begin free bus service on campus


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Very soon, it’s going to be easier and cheaper for students and staff to get around on MSU’s campus.

The university will offer free CATA bus service this fall for a trial period starting August 27th.

Before this upcoming school year, Michigan State University students had to pay fifty dollars for a semester pass before they could stand around at the bus stop and get on the bus.

About twenty CATA buses drive around MSU’s campus daily, helping students and faculty get to their everyday destinations. Now that the university updated its’ contract with the Capital Area Transportation Authority, Spartans can still use this service without worrying about a financial burden.

Leslie Claro, an incoming freshman at MSU, says this change is something she’s looking forward to.

“Any money, especially as a college student it, helps towards something,” said Claro.

CATA’s CEO Bradley Funkhouser also says he applauds the university for taking the lead in making this possible.

“Really see this as a win win, not only for the university, the students, the general public on campus, but also for CATA,” said Funkhouser.

But Mackenzie Mrla, a senior at MSU, says she doesn’t think the school is doing this to benefit students.

“As much as I appreciate it as a student, I think that the university is doing it to save face and really protect the brand,” said Mrla.

Mrla says with all of the negative energy surrounding the university’s administration, she doesn’t want free bus rides, but rather, a seat at the table when big decisions are made.

“I think that if they really want to give us something that they should give us a voice on the Board of Trustees,” said Mrla.

Next year, MSU will evaluate the free ride program and decide if it will continue for years to come.

For more information on the different bus routes, you can head over to Seen on 6.

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