CATA becomes ride provider for Lansing School District high schoolers

CATA becomes ride provider for Lansing School District high schoolers

LANSING — Lansing School District is dropping school bus routes for high school students starting this school year, opting instead to provide public transportation passes or gas cards.

At a press conference Friday, Superintendent Benjamin Shuldiner announced that Dean Transportation, the school district’s busing provider, will no longer pick up high school students. Instead, the school district will provide all high school students who qualify for transportation, and their families, with Capital Area Transportation Authority passes.

“We’re so proud to work with CATA, to work with the community,” Shuldiner said, speaking at a CATA bus stop in front of Sexton High School.

Lansing School District and Dean Transportation, the district's busing provider, will no longer offer bus rides for high school students.  Starting this school year, high school students and their families will have the option of receiving bus passes from the Capital Area Transportation Authority for rides to and from school and around the city.

High school students and their families will have the option of receiving a gas card if they would prefer to drive to school.

Dean Transportation will continue to provide busing for K-8 students, students enrolled in special education programs in the school district, and transportation to events and competitions for athletics teams and other extracurricular groups, Shuldiner said.

Taking high school students off school buses allows Dean Transportation to improve its services for K-8 students, Shuldiner said. And Patrick Dean, vice president of business development for Dean Transportation, agreed.

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