BATA bus service to Cedar has been an on-again, off-again thing the past couple of years. Let’s get together, make a good plan with lots of community input and give a good try at making the route more popular and improve profitability.
Affordability is often discussed as a housing issue, but in mostly rural, sprawling northwest Michigan, affordability is inextricably linked to the costs of transportation. We strive to provide affordable transportation alternatives for our workforce and celebrate when those options are made available. BATA’s regional bus service is an underutilized asset that is well positioned to address the region’s affordability and affordable housing dual conundrums.
The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA), which provides bus service for the Grand Traverse area, will ask local voters for continued support during a May 2 millage. Groundwork fully supports this millage because we believe that BATA provides a crucial service for the future of the region.
Groundwork intern Alana Tartaro is new to Michigan and the Grand Traverse region. This summer, she’ll be stepping aboard as many buses as she can to travel the area and figure out how to get around without a car.
My name is Kate Lewis and I am the newest addition to the MLUI team. I am currently serving a second year as an AmeriCorps VISTA here in Traverse City and I’m excited to be hosted by such an outstanding organization.
Trying to get around the Grand Traverse area without a car is no small task. But it’s getting easier every day.