The Ingham County Circuit Court judge was sitting in a restaurant near the bus route, which Capital Area Transportation Authority officials hope to replace with a $133 million bus rapid transit line.

Cata says it serves up 1.7 million annual rides on the Grand River route, which runs from the state Capitol and past the Michigan State University campus before ending at Meridian Mall.

CATA CEO Sandy Draggoo says, "It is the future, it is something that we could bring to the region that would change things, that would bring economic development."

Critics say the plan would hurt local businesses, endanger pedestrians, waste taxpayer dollars and increase traffic congestion.  Here's the latest from the Lansing State Journal.