The Bay Area Transportation Authority’s top priority is the safety and security of its riders and staff using public transportation during this coronavirus (COVID-19) health pandemic. BATA is in contact with public health and transportation authorities including the Grand Traverse County Health Department, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Federal Transportation Administration. BATA is prepared and will continue to provide safe and reliable transportation during this time and is taking extra precautions to make sure its vehicles and facilities are cleaned and sanitized.


Reminder: Please do not use public transit if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or are waiting on test results. Thank you.


Facial Covering: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) still requires BATA passengers to wear masks to use public transit. Although the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have modified their COVID-19 face mask guidelines, BATA’s passengers are still required to follow the TSA facial covering mandates. BATA will be actively monitoring the TSA’s policies for future updates. Riders who aren’t wearing a facial covering will be denied service and riders who fail to keep their facial coverings on while riding may be removed from the bus.


Click here to read BATA's Pandemic Preparedness Emergency Action Plan.


COVID-19 Updates:

BATA COVID-19 Update 12.06.20: BATA will make the following service changes starting Dec. 7 due to COVID-19:

  • Bayline: Bayline bus frequency will change to buses about every 17 minutes (versus every 15 minutes).
  • Village Loop:
    • Route 13 – Kingsley: Route 13 will temporarily suspend the 6:30 a.m. Outbound / 7:30 a.m. Inbound and 8:30 a.m. Outbound / 9:30 a.m. Inbound runs.
    • Route 14 - Williamsburg: Route 14 will temporarily suspend 6:30 a.m. Outbound / 7:30 a.m. Inbound and 8:30 a.m. Outbound / 9:30 a.m. Inbound and 4:30 p.m. Outbound / 5:30 p.m. Inbound and 6:30 p.m. Outbound / 7:30 p.m. Inbound runs.


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The CDC and BATA recommend riders follow these simple guidelines when using public transit:

  • Wear a facial covering.
  • Wash your hands often. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Follow good respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or use a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissues immediately and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Maintain distance between you and other riders when possible.
  • Consult your health professional if you have any questions.


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BATA is committed to keeping riders and staff safe and informed of the situation as it evolves, and we appreciate your continued support and ridership.


Please contact BATA Customer service at 231.941.2324 for more info.


Update: 12.06.20