On Monday, June 25 the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA), is launching its new Bayline route as well implementing several route improvements to its City and Village Loop system. A special ribbon cutting is being held at 9 a.m. on June 25 at BATA’s Hall Street Transfer Station to officially launch the Bayline and recognize all the community members and organizations that made this the region’s first community-supported transportation option.
- Launching Monday, June 25.
- Free to ride thanks to sponsorship support (see below)
- Service from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week
- Buses every 15 minutes
- Route travels between Meijer (US-31) and the East Bay Beach District with multiple stops in between including the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Munson Medical Center, Downtown Traverse City, Northwestern Michigan College, Tom’s East Bay and Woodland Creek Furniture
BATA is able to make the Bayline free of charge to riders due to the generous financial support of multiple community groups and organizations. Those organizations include Munson Healthcare, Traverse City Parking Services / City of Traverse City, Traverse City Tourism, the National Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, the Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Traverse City Association and the East Bay Beach District. BATA will continue its fundraising efforts to provide free transportation on the Bayline.
“BATA is very excited to launch the Bayline as another transportation solution for our region, and we’re so thankful for the overwhelming support we’ve received from the community for the creation of this new service,” said BATA Executive Director Kelly Dunham. “We’re especially grateful to our Bayline sponsors that recognize the importance of public transportation and allow us to offer the Bayline fare-free to riders so they can easily ride.”
In addition to the launch of the Bayline, BATA is making several route improvements to its City and Village Loop fixed route services. The Bayline allows BATA to expand coverage in Traverse City and Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, increase frequency on some of its routes, streamline bus route paths to more closely match driving patterns and offer service later into the evening.
City and Village Loop improvements include:
- City Loop service running until 10 p.m. Monday – Friday
- Adding service to locations such as Brookside Commons, the YMCA, Liv Arbors apartment complex and the Eighth Street and Garfield Avenue corridors
- Later service also means BATA’s Hall Street Station will now be open from 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- BATA’s Link Scheduling Services will also be open later until 7 p.m. seven days a week
A full list of schedules, maps and other service improvement information can be found by visiting www.bata.net or calling BATA Customer Service at 231-941-2324.
-From the Bay Area Transportation Authority