Children under 5 ride free with a paying adult, students show their student ID or BATA reduced fare card and save 50% off of regular fare prices. Pay for rides using cash, fare cards, or a phone app. Bicycles ride for free! Our fixed route buses all have space for three bikes; click here for more information on how to take a bike on a bus.
Your teenager may be hoping for more independence, or you may be spending your time as their taxi service. BATA can help. Find your school below and click on any links provided that may give detailed route and schedule infomation.
|Central High School||Bayline & Village Loop 14|
West Senior High School
& The Children's House Montessori School
3:10pm departure from West Senior High to TC/Hall St.
3:45pm departure from Children's House TC/Hall St.
|Traverse City High School||Village Loop 14|
Greenspire High School
Greenspire Middle School
|Suttons Bay High School||Village Loop 10|
|East Middle School||Village Loop 13|
|West Middle School||Village Loop 12, Bayline, City Loop 7|
|TCAPS Montessori School||Bayline, City Loop 7|
|Pathfinder School||Village Loop 10|
|Old Mission Peninsula School||Seasonal Route 16|
|Grand Traverse Academy||Seasonal Route 31|
|Woodland School||Seasonal Route 31|
Northwestern Michigan College
NMC University Center
|Carreer Tech Center||Bayline|
|Interlochen Arts Academy||Village Loop 12|
|Leelanau Montessori School||BATA LINK|
Students may also request a bus on demand using a phone app, BATA Link. Parents, you may schedule and pay for these rides all in the app. A bus comes to get your child, the app tells you when the bus is arriving, that it has picked up its passengers, and that it arrives to its destination. It also tells the driver when the ride is already paid for with the app - giving you one less thing to worry about. Upload a "How to Ride" BATA Link Cheat Sheet here.
Take the free Bayline to Northwest Michigan College, Central High School, Central Neighborhood, Northwest Education Services, Creekside School, Career Tech Center (a short walk to Traverse City High School), Greenspire Middle School, West Middle School, and TCAPS Montessori School.
Route 10 from Traverse City can serve the Suttons Bay Public Schools and could stop at the Pathfinder School too.
Route 12 moves Interlochen Art Academy students between their campus and Traverse City and stops at West Middle School (and Grand Traverse Mall) along the way. It also connects to the Benzie Bus.
Route 14 from Traverse City can connect students between downtown Traverse City and Traverse City High School on 3-Mile Road, as well as connect to Central High School, NMC, the Bayline, Kalkaska Area Transit, and the Acme Meijer. Students at CTC can ask Route 14 to deviate there as well.
WEST: West Senior High School and Children's House Montessori students have an option between downtown Traverse City and campus. The bus leaves BATA's Hall Street station in downtown Traverse City at 7:35am and returns at dismissal each school day. Students may catch and disambark the bus at Front/Maple & Front/Cedar as well. Call 231-778-1035 or email for details. * For TCAPS early release and half days, WEST will depart WSH earlier. Because of limited driver resources, WEST will not be able to return to take The Children's House students home on these days.
Seasonal Route 16 takes students to Old Mission Peninsula School from Traverse City.
Seasonal Route 31 takes students from Traverse City to the Grand Traverse Civic Center, Grand Traverse Academy, Woodland School, and Oleson's near East Middle School.
To see our bus routes or to plan your trip, start HERE.
Annual Student Pass – City and Village Loop Routes Only
Good 365 days from activation
Teachers, youth leaders, or parents - do you have a trip or a series of trips that you would like to schedule for a group of riders? Click here.
Call 231-778-1035 or email for more information on routes and schedules, or to discuss more options for your students.
TCAPS students can use a combination of the free Bayline and TCAPS school buses for an affordable option to school. Call TCAPS Transportation at 231-933-1933 for more information about your child's bus routes.
These area school districts offer transportation for their students:
- Kingsley Schools: 231-263-5261
- Glen Lake Community Schools: 231-334-3061
- Benzie Central Schools Transportation: 231-882-5072
TCAPS has the Student Support Network (SSN), formally the STEP program, that will help fund BATA passes for students who lack regular or adequate housing.
The TCAPS Indigenous Education program, also has funding for Indigenous students to receive monetary help with school-related expenses.
Traverse City area middle school students (WMS, EMS, & SEAS) can ride the BATA bus from school to Hickory Hills after dismissal on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from January - March. Click here for more info.
If you don't find the information you're looking for on our site, don't hesitate to give us a call at (231) 941-2324, email Customer Service (firstname.lastname@example.org), or stop by one of our Traverse City transfer stations.
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