Infrastructure

The City of East Lansing is home to extensive transportation, high-tech and green infrastructure systems to support any type of economic and recreational activity.
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Transportation


East Lansing is situated in the middle of the state and is centrally located, providing easy access to many Midwest destinations, including Detroit, Chicago, the Great Lakes and many recreational places. The City of East Lansing has more than 21 miles of major streets and eight miles of state highway trunklines providing regional and area access to residential and commercial sectors. More than 60 miles of residential and local streets provide access to the City's residential neighborhoods.

  • Public Transportation - The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) is an award-winning public transit authority serving riders in the Greater Lansing region. CATA also offers the Grab & Go Express, which allows riders to travel for lunch from downtown Lansing to Old Town with ease! In addition, the City has a number of licensed taxicab companies.
  • Rail - The Amtrak Train Station is one of the busiest train stations in the state providing easy and convenient ways for residents and visitors. The Amtrak Blue Water connects 10 Michigan cities from Port Huron, Lapeer, Flint, New Buffalo, Chicago and beyond.
  • Airport - The Greater Lansing region boasts the Capital Region International Airport and easy bus transportation to the Detroit Metro Airport using the Michigan Flyer.

Green Infrastructure


The City of East Lansing is a walkable community. According to the 2000 Census, more than 20% of residents walk to work in addition to many residents and students biking or riding the CATA bus. The City’s 4.5-mile-long Northern Tier Trail connects eight community parks, recreation facilities and neighborhoods. In addition, the Lansing River Trail provides opportunities for users from all over the region to enjoy the beauty of the Grand River and reach many regional destinations. The Tri-County Bicycle Association is continuously working on extending the miles of bike lanes available.