Paying for your Ride


Zip and Zoom Everywhere!


We're really excited about our latest innovation, and we know you will be, too. We've made paying your bus fare faster and easier than ever, which means a streamlined boarding process for everyone. We're always working on ideas to make your life easier, and this one is big.


Starting August 26, all Loop and Link buses will be equipped with electronic fare boxes, and you'll be able to pay your fare in three convenient ways — Zip Tickets, Zoom Cards, and cash. Intrigued?


Zip Tickets and Zoom Cards


Payment Type



Zip Tickets:

Daily - City Loops Only


Good 24 hrs from activation on first ride

Daily - All Loop Routes


Good 24 hrs from activation on first ride

3-Day - City Loops Only


Good 72 hours from activation

3-Day - All Loop Routes


Good 72 hours from activation

Stored Value - Pre-Printed


Replaces blue punch passes - $33.75 value

Stored Value - Pre-Printed


Replaces green tickets - same value

Stored Value - Choose Value


$0 - $30 Value

Zoom Cards:

Annual Student Pass – Loop Only


Good 365 days from activation

Stored Value - Choose Value (Rechargeable)



$30 or more initial purchase

Additional $3.75 value for each $30 spent


Daily Zip Tickets will be available for purchase on both Link and Loop buses by cash only. Change, if necessary, will be issued in the form of a change card, which can be used for future fare payments.


Zip Tickets and Zoom Cards are available at the Hall Street and Cass Road Transfer Stations. You can pay with cash, check, and Visa or MasterCard.


For more information, call 231.941.2324. Visit our FlashFare Frequently Asked Questions Page HERE.



Fare Box Demonstrations


Want to get familiar with the new fare boxes before they're installed? Beginning August 14, BATA will have fare boxes on display at both the Hall Street and Cass Road Transfer Stations. You can also watch a helpful video HERE to see step-by-step instructions for using the system at both stations.


In addition, you can visit the Hall Street Transfer Station (115 Hall St. in Traverse City) on August 21, 2013 from 7:00-7:30am, 9:30-10:30am, and 3:30-5:00pm for live demonstrations with an instructor. Demonstrations will also be held on August 22 from 7:00am-12pm, and 3:00-5:00pm.


Redeeming Punch Card Passes


Beginning August 26, you can redeem the remaining value of any valid pass for a new zip ticket. You can still use the old passes on the bus until October 31, after which passes will be redeemable at the Cass Road and Hall Street Transfer Stations only, until September 30, 2014.




How to Purchase


Where: Hall St. or Cass Rd. transfer station or from your driver

When:  Hall Street:  Mon - Fri:        5:30 am - 7:00 pm

                                Sat - Sun:        9:00 am - 8:00 pm

           Cass Road:  Mon - Fri:         5:00 am - 9:30 pm

                                         Sat:         6:00 am - 8:00 pm

                                        Sun:         9:00 am - 8:00 pm


Payment: Visa, MasterCard, debit card, cash, or local check with I.D.