BATA to Resume Additional Bus Routes Next Week
"June 1 is when we’ll see our largest push of resuming service."
As the Traverse City region slowly reopens and people get back to work, public transportation is also picking up the pace, and picking up the passengers.
BATA resumed some extra routes last week, including the Village Loops that connect surrounding communities to Traverse City. And as demand increases while we simultaneously see COVID-19 restrictions easing, BATA is making the push to resume more services starting next week: Monday, June first.
Kelly Dunham is the BATA Executive Director. “We’ll be restoring the frequency on City loops, bringing back the Bay Line, which is our high-frequency fare-free line which is a very popular service, as well as restoring weekend Village Loop service.”
Here’s the breakdown of service, directly from BATA:
- Bayline: BATA’s free Bayline route returns to service resuming 15-minute frequency, operating hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
- City Loop: Additional City Loop frequency with routes in and around Traverse City is being added and operating hours are extended.
- Village Loop: Weekday frequency increases on Route 10 – Suttons Bay, Route 12 – Interlochen, Route 13 – Kingsley and Route 14 – Acme/Williamsburg providing odd hour departures from Traverse City. Weekend Village Loop service is also resuming.
- Transfer Stations: Hours are being expanded at both stations located at Hall Street and Cass Road.
- NOTE: Service levels may be adjusted at any time as Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts vary. BATA plans to make additional announcements regarding returning service in the next couple weeks. Riders may also notice a few routes will have a couple of minor updates starting the first week of June. Visit www.bata.net for more details and updated schedules.
BATA is continuing to take the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Requiring riders to provide their own facial covering to use public transit. Bus operators and all essential BATA staff are also required to wear a facial covering.
- Adding hand sanitizing stations to all BATA vehicles and facilities and installing vinyl separators between the driver and passenger areas of the bus.
- Increasing cleaning and sterilization efforts on all vehicles and facilities (including bus shelters and benches) at all levels of the organization with hourly and daily deep cleanings.
- Encouraging social distancing practices on all buses and at bus stops. Every other row on each bus has a sticker indicating that row is blocked off for social distancing.
- Continuing to educate both staff and riders regarding the CDC’s recommended mitigation practices such as continually washing hands, avoiding touching your face and staying home if sick.