The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) is more than just a provider of public transportation in Traverse City; it is a key contributor to the community's growth and well-being. BATA's involvement in various local partnerships and events illustrates its commitment to creating a vibrant, interconnected community.


Local Partnerships: Driving Community Growth

BATA's collaborations extend beyond transportation to foster economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social well-being. For instance, the partnership with the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation on the Link On-Demand Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT+) pilot program offered fare-free rides for medical purposes. This initiative highlights BATA's role in improving access to healthcare and supporting vulnerable community members.


Active Participation in Community Events

BATA's commitment to the community is further demonstrated through its active participation in local events and its initiative to provide dedicated door-to-door transportation for seniors in collaboration with the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging. The COAST (Commission on Aging Senior Transit) service is a prime example of how BATA addresses the specific needs of the elderly population, offering them safe and reliable transportation options.


Infrastructure Development: Modern Transit Shelters

BATA's partnership with the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for the development of six modern transit shelters in downtown Traverse City is another testament to its commitment to enhancing the community's infrastructure. These shelters not only improve the transit experience by providing protection from the elements but also contribute to the aesthetic appeal of the downtown area.


Enhancing Safety and Comfort: Seasonal Security Officer Initiative

To further ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all riders, BATA has partnered with STT Security Services to introduce a seasonal security officer at its Hall Street Transfer Station and on its bus routes. This initiative is aimed at managing passenger behavior and upholding BATA's respectful rider passenger code of conduct, especially during the challenging winter months.


The Bay Area Transportation Authority's (BATA) engagement in local partnerships and community events underlines its commitment to being more than just a transit provider. Through initiatives like fare-free medical transport, senior transit services, modern transit shelters, and improved rider safety, BATA stands as a vital partner in the growth and well-being of the Traverse City community, reinforcing its role as a key player in fostering a vibrant and connected community.