BATA Launches Transit Master Plan Process

Master Plan includes surveys and community engagement to serve as a 5-10 year roadmap



TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Bay Area Transportation Authority’s (BATA) has selected Nelson/Nygaard to serve as the lead for its new transit master plan process. “As the last few years has shown us, we need to be flexible to the changing needs of the community. We are excited to launch the BATA Next Wave master plan to help shape the next 5 to 10 years of BATA services with robust feedback and engagement from the community” states Executive Director Kelly Dunham.


 BATA is preparing to meet the changing needs of our community through BATA’s Next Wave. Our project team along with Mission North is looking forward to providing support to BATA in developing a vision and roadmap to maximize the benefits that transit can bring to the community” states Adam Barnum Senior Associate for Nelson/Nygaard.



Timeline: The transit master plan data collection process began in early 2022 and is expected to wrap up with final recommendations to the BATA Board of Directors in early Fall 2022.


Survey BATA is seeking community feedback regarding their use and desire for the future of public transit in our region by taking this opportunity to participate in the transit master plan survey. The survey will be open until 6/15/22 


Community Engagement: The community can expect engagement opportunities this summer at various farmer’s markets, city, and county board meetings as well as at popular dining establishments. Stay tuned for upcoming in-person engagement sessions around Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.