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Legislation to create a regional transit authority in southeast Michigan got overwhelming support at a committee hearing in Lansing Thursday morning.

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The Amtrak train station just off the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing is getting a major renovation.  The Capital Area Transportation Authority has received a $6.3 million federal grant to rebuild the station and add a separate bus terminal.

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Regional transportation planners will use a federal grant to rebuild and enhance the Amtrak train station in East Lansing. 

The $6.3 million grant will help the Capital Area Transportation Authority expand the Amtrak station near Michigan State University.  CATA will create a 200-acre multi-modal facility, with a separate bus terminal, upgraded waiting platform and accommodations for taxis and bicycles. 

U.S.  Department of Transportation general counsel Robert Rivkin says the project is part of a $12 billion federal program to improve intercity rail service.

In Meridian Township, a discussion’s underway about making more room on the roads for bicyclists and pedestrians.  For years, some advocates have argued Meridian should do more to accommodate non-motorized transportation. The township is exploring a ‘Complete Streets’ transportation plan that would do just that.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore has more.