CATA to increase efficiency; eliminate underutilized services

The Williamston-Webberville Connector and the Williamston Redi-Ride are two of 12 paratransit services provided by the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA). Ridership aboard the Williamston-Webberville Connector decreased by about 12 percent in the past fiscal year, and by 38 percent for Williamston Redi-Ride. To improve operational efficiency, CATA eliminated these services, effective Jan. 9, 2017.

Customers will instead be served by CATA Rural Service (CRS) — an advance-reservation, curb-to-curb service that operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Like the Connector, CATA Rural Service will connect with other CATA services at the Meridian Mall in Okemos, and travel to the same destinations previously served by the Williamston Redi-Ride.

The CRS reservation line will book trips up to seven days in advance of the requested trip time. To book a trip, customers can call 517-394-CATA (2282). The fares for CRS are $2.25 for trips up to and including 10 miles and $3.25 for trips over 10 miles. Discounted fares for seniors 62-plus years of age, students, Medicare cardholders and persons with disabilities showing valid identification are $1 and $1.50, respectively. For more information on CRS and a copy of CATA’s no-show rules, click on the Rider Information link at cata.org.

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