New & Improved Stops


Northern Michigan Bay Area Transportation Authority rendering of improved bus stopNorthern Michigan Bay Area Transportation Authority current bus stop photo sample



New Solar Stops!

We’ve listened — again! BATA is in the process of installing 5 new solar transit stops in key locations along its 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

TBD: Final location to be determined. (Have an idea? Send it to 


Solar Shelters

We've also installed 14 new solar shelters in our service area. These shelters will allow for a more enjoyable riding experience, 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 system-wide maps and brochures inside each 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.


Current locations for the shelter installations include the following:


Route 10: Suttons Bay

Shady Lane Market


Route 11: Glen Arbor                                                                  

Grumpy’s Market

Maple City Lions

Glen Arbor Oak at Western


Route 12: Interlochen


Blair Township Hall 

Ric’s Food Store


Route 13: Kingsley


Northland Foods


Route 14: Williamsburg

Woodland Creek

M-72 Park & Ride




Click here for all routes and schedules.