The Bay Area Transportation Authority is making improvements to its service in Leelanau County. Some of the improvements have already started and some will be rolled out mid-July. All of these changes came from direct community feedback from the Leelanau County Transit Alliance that was spearheaded by BATA, Leelanau County Senior Services and the Disability Network.
Leelanau Afterhours: This expanded Link (door to door) service runs from 6:30 p.m. until Midnight Monday – Friday. It started on May 20 and provides evening service anywhere in Leelanau County and will even make pickups in Traverse City if needed. Rides cost $3.00 one-way or $1.50 for seniors and can be booked up to two weeks in advance by calling BATA Customer Service at 231.941.2324.
Expanded Village Link Service: Starting mid-July BATA will offer expanded Village Link service from 6 a.m. through 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. Riders will now have access to door to door or door to Village Loop service all day long in Leelanau County. Rides cost $3.00 one-way or $1.50 for seniors and can be booked up to two weeks in advance by calling BATA Customer Service at 231.941.2324.
Leelanau Loop: BATA is also increasing its service to Northport and Leeland with a new hybrid route called the Leelanau Loop. Three times a day (times TBD) a bus will be making a northern loop with scheduled stops connecting the villages of Suttons Bay, Peshawbestown, Omena, Northport, Leland and Lake Leelanau. The Leelanau Loop will also connect with Village Loop Route 10 in Suttons Bay for direct connections to and from Traverse City. Similar to Village Link and Loop services rides will cost $3.00 one-way or $1.50 for seniors.
Education and Awareness: In addition to expanded services, BATA will be marketing its services more and adding stop amenities such as shelters, benches and better wayfinding to educate folks on the public transit options BATA offers and make it easier to use the bus.
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