Attention transit enthusiasts and volunteers!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Looking to enjoy the beautiful northern Michigan weather and help out our community? The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) is partnering with the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) and the Michigan land Use Institute (MLUI) to offer technical assistance in creating a BATA system-wide bus stop inventory. The inventory will include primary data collection techniques through on-site observations and in-house data analysis.
Who benefits? Eventually, BATA is looking to update their online system and utilize the inventory results to improve their efficiency. Your time spent assessing bus stops will help BATA better serve our community! Volunteers will have the opportunity to partner with others and can walk, bike, or drive the BATA routes and use a checklist template to inventory various characteristics associated with each bus stop.
NWMCOG would like to begin the inventory promptly and would appreciate and value volunteer involvement. For more information, please contact Michael Woods email@example.com or at (231) 929-5000.
Now you can see when and where buses stop as they travel on routes that cross county lines.
Click to view the 2011/2012 Weekday Bus Schedule
Mobility is vital to regional economic activity and personal well-being. Transportation connects people to jobs, education, health care, and community. Alternative transportation options such as public transit provide access to all types of riders—commuters, seniors, the disabled, visitors, and students—and allows residents and tourists to contribute economically to the region. The services provided by public transit agencies spurs economic activity, lessens traffic congestion and emissions, and adds value to our quality of life.
Public Transit Agencies in Northwest Lower Michigan
Antrim County Transportation: 231-533-8644
Bay Area Transportation Authority: 231-941-2324; www.bata.net
Benzie Bus: 231-325-3000; www.benziebus.com
Cadillac/Wexford Transit Authority: 231-779-0123
Charlevoix County Transit: 231-582-6900, (231-448-2026 on Beaver Island)
Kalkaska Public Transit Authority: 231-258-6808
Manistee County Transportation: 231-723-6561
The six-county Grand Vision region is home to five public transit agencies. The map below depicts the current service zones and routes of those transit systems. Click here to download/view/print the map.
The public transit agencies have formed a Directors Network that convenes regularly to share information and to identify and implement collaborative projects that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of transit services across the region. For information about the Directors Network, please contact the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments Regional Planning and Community Development Department at 231-929-5000.