Residents voice concerns over BRT at heated meeting

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MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) — There was some tense moments Tuesday night, as Meridian Township residents let CATA know what they think of the new proposed bus system.

The purpose of the meeting was to respond to design concerns about the Bus Rapid Transit system or BRT and move the conversation forward.

But there were some bumps in the road as dozens of residents spoke negatively of the system, and brought up their concerns.

“You just want to jump up and say, ‘We’ve answered that before. No we didn’t say that’,” said Sandy Draggoo, CEO of CATA

The BRT would connect Lansing, East Lansing, and Meridian Township, with stops along Michigan Avenue, and Grand River.

But it’s still not a done deal.

In fact, Meridian Township just passed a resolution, saying it didn’t support the new system.

“We’re saying tell us what the concerns are, what you don’t like, and then we will look at those, and it will be up to the Board of Trustees,” Dragoo said.

CATA says only 30 percent of the project has been engineered.

So it’s not too late to change plans.

“We’re listening, and trying to educate,” Dragoo said.

It may be a rocky road ahead, but CATA says support is out there.

“We try to carry the positive, and it’s hard when the negative persons come out and make the most noise,” Draggoo said.

It could take several years before construction even starts on the new system.

In the meantime, that vote from Meridian Township on the future of the BRT is happening October 16th.

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