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Bay Area Transportation Authority (Traverse City, Michigan, US)

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Greetings from the Mitten State! I have some knowledge about Bay Area Transportation Authority, located in beautiful Traverse City. 


The Bay Area Transportation Authority was formed in February of 1985 as a result of a merger between Leelanau County Transit and the Traverse City Dial-A-Ride.


The current fleet consists of the following:
30, 31, 32: Freightliner Thomas Saf-T-Liner EF
46: Freightliner Thomas Saf-T-Liner EF
50A-58A: Ford E-450 Bus
63-69, 71: Freightliner Thomas Saf-T-Liner EF
81-83, 85, 86, 88: Ford E-450 Bus
91-99: Ford E-450 Bus
106-109: Freightliner Thomas FS65
110: Freightliner Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2
111: Freightliner Thomas HDX
112, 113: Freightliner Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2
201-228, 230: Ford E-450 Bus (Propane Powered)
301-314: Ford E-450 Bus (Newest Body Style)
401-405: Freightliner Startrans President 
502-504: Ford Transit Connect High-Top Van

Service/Non-Revenue Vehicles
80: Ford F-350 Plow Truck
89: Ford E-350 Van
580: Dodge Ram Service Truck 


The following buses are being retired:
63, 64, 68, 95, 96

The following buses are out of service due to accidents:

There are a few new E-450 buses that are being tested, but many do not have numbers yet. The only known numbered bus is 230. 

A spreadsheet containing pictures, bus paints and wraps, and other information can be found at this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19TNJl1wS5v7VLDb7y_XdydArZ7pdYW8nlbeJdNmSo-U/edit?usp=sharing


Routes serviced by BATA Include:
Loop Route 1: Hall Street Transfer Station to Grand Traverse Mall (Usually 200 and 300 series buses)
Loop Route 2: Hall Street Transfer Station to Goodwill Inn (Usually 200 and 300 series buses)
Loop Route 7: Meijer to Oak Terrace Apartments (Usually 200 series buses)
Village Loop Route 10: Hall Street Transfer Station to Leelanau Sands Casino (Bus 31, 32, or 69)
Village Loop Route 11: Hall Street Transfer Station to Empire (NO LONGER SERVICED)
Village Loop Route 12: Hall Street Transfer Station to Interlochen (Bus 30, 31, 50, 69, or any 300-series)
Village Loop Route 13: Hall Street Transfer Station to Kingsley (Any non-Thomas bus)
Village Loop Route 14: Hall Street to Acme Meijer (Any non-Thomas bus)
Route 16: School Bus Route #1 (Bus 109)
Route 31: School Bus Route #2 (One Non-Thomas and Bus 111)
Additionally, there around 20 Link routes throughout the day that serve as Dial-A-Ride routes anywhere within the BATA Service Area (Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties)

BATA's website can be found here: https://www.bata.net/

Let me know if anyone has any questions or comments about this Transit System! 

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Buses 401, 402, 403, 404, and 405 (Freightliner StarTrans President) are now in service. I've only seen 401 and 402, 401 is painted into Link Blue and 402 is painted into Loop Green. 

Buses 229, 230, 231, 232, and 233 (Ford F-450) are now in service. All appear to be painted into Link Blue. 

Buses 51A, 53A, 54A, 63, 64, 66, 68, 92, 95, and 96 are all parked offsite, likely for retirement. 96 has had all identifiers removed, and all of the windows are marquees are missing. likely as a parts source for the other 80 and 90 series Fords. 

Bus 501 is a Chevrolet Express Bus that is not used for revenue service, and is a Mechanic Vehicle. 

Edited by NMIMassTransit
Adding Bus 501.
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