Fact Finding Mission to Cleveland
Last week, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) led a group of 30 community and business leaders on a fact finding mission to Cleveland to study the economic benefits of that city’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.
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 Michigan Avenue Corridor’s BRT includes Sparrow Health System, Michigan State University and the State Capitol.
For those that may not know, the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) has been authorized by the federal government to move forward on a $215 million BRT project for the eight-mile stretch of Michigan Avenue between the State Capitol and Marsh Road in Meridian Township. This trip was insightful because those attending really had an opportunity to see the benefit of public/private partnerships and how those played in developing Cleveland’s BRT system.
Leaders who joined the trip included Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett, Ingham County Board of Commissioners Chair Brian McGrain, and Sandy Draggoo, Executive Director of CATA.
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.