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CATA to suspend regular routes effective Monday

March 20, 2020
<p>Students get on and off CATA buses after an email was released notifying students that classes after noon have been cancelled on March 11, 2020.</p>

Students get on and off CATA buses after an email was released notifying students that classes after noon have been cancelled on March 11, 2020.

Photo by Alyte Katilius | The State News

Capital Area Transport Authority, or CATA, announced in a rider alert Friday that they are suspending all regular routes effective March 23 to April 5. This is following a decline in ridership amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This decision was not made lightly,” CATA Chief Executive Officer Bradley T. Funkhouser said. “We recognize the hardship it presents for members of our community. These are truly unprecedented times and CATA — along with our regional partners, including Michigan State University and Ingham County — is working to ensure that transportation remains an option for those with critical, medical and work-related needs.”

CATA is offering on-demand service for vulnerable populations, as well as its essential workforce, key government employees, according to the press release.

CATA said the service suspension is to help enforce social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state and local health experts.

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