LRCC & LEAP Study Economic Benefits of Bus Rapid Transit System
Friday, July 10, 2015
Lansing Chamber and LEAP Lead Community
Delegation to Cleveland to Study Economic Benefits of Bus Rapid Transit System
(Lansing, MI) – The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) and Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) recently led a group of 30 community and business leaders on a trip to Cleveland to study the economic benefits of that city’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. Leaders who joined the trip included Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and Sandy Draggoo, president and CEO of the Capital Area Transportation Authority. CATA is moving forward on a $155 million BRT project for the eight-mile stretch of Michigan Avenue between the State Capitol and Marsh Road in Meridian Township.
“It was a real eye opener for us to be able to visit Cleveland and see how BRT and public transportation can be such a powerful force in the economic development of the downtown area,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP. “There are some obvious parallels between Cleveland’s economy and that of the Greater Lansing region that make us even more excited about the potential for jobs and investment resulting from the development of BRT here.”
The area around the Cleveland BRT, known as Healthline, has experienced $5.8 billion in economic development since the construction of the system. Though not all of that growth is directly related to the BRT, city officials in Cleveland say BRT has been a major factor in the new investment in the area. The Healthline system in Cleveland runs through an area that includes three universities, two of which have medical schools and the Cleveland Clinic Health System. The route for Greater Lansing’s BRT includes Sparrow Health System, Michigan State University and the State Capitol.
“It was insightful for us to see how the power of public/private partnerships played such an integral role in the development of Cleveland’s BRT System,” said LRCC president and CEO, Tim Daman. “The City of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Foundation and higher education worked very closely to make their system a huge success. That bodes well for Greater Lansing, given our recent history of successful public/private collaborations.”
The Michigan Avenue Corridor BRT project is currently in the Environmental Assessment (EA) stage. A public hearing on the EA study is expected this fall.
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where business can thrive. To do this, we help entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region. For more information about LEAP, please visit www.purelansing.com.
The mission of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is to be the preeminent business advocacy organization in the Greater Lansing region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including www.lansingchamber.org, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), Linked In and You Tube.