New SolaCurrent bus stop photo sample BATA Traverse Cityr Stops!

We’ve listened — again! BATA is in the process of installing 5 new solar transit stops in key locations along its normal routes, known as "SolStops". When prompted with a push-button, these stops will illuminate to provide lighting for the passenger, as well as for the approaching bus to have a better visual of the transit stop. These SolStops are paid for by a generous grant from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians 2% Grant. These are to be fully installed by Spring 2019, with tentative locations and routes below. 

Bayline: Ace Hardware @West Front Street, 6th Street @ Elmwood, East Front @ Fair Street


Route 2: Barlow St. Secretary of State branch


The final locations are still to be determined. (Have an idea? Send it to


Rendering of improved bus stop BATA Traverse CitySolar Shelters

We've also installed 14 new solar shelters in our service areas. These shelters will allow for a more enjoyable riding experience for our passengers, especially in inclement weather. The shelters are built in two sizes: 6’ x 10’ and 4’ x 8’. The larger model will address accessibility needs while providing riders with a more comfortable environment. The smaller model will add convenience, allowing us to provide passengers access in areas with greater space restrictions.


In addition, riders will have access to our system-wide maps and brochures inside each solar shelter, providing our passengers with information as it is needed.

The new glass shelters will be solar lit for energy efficiency and cleaned on a regular basis.


Our current locations for the shelter installations include the following:


Route 10: Suttons Bay

Shady Lane Market


Route 11: Glen Arbor                                                                  

Glen Arbor Oak at Western

Grumpy’s Market

Maple City Lions


Route 12: Interlochen

Blair Township Hall 


Ric’s Food Store


Route 13: Kingsley

Northland Foods



Route 14: Williamsburg

M-72 Park & Ride

Woodland Creek



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