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      BATA expands routes, cuts dial-a-ride

      The Bay Area Transportation Authority launched it's new service model for Grand Traverse County today.

      The Bay Area Transportation Authority launched it's new service model for Grand Traverse County today.

      The new system offers expanded hours and more frequent stops.

      With the new plan, BATA eliminated the "Dial-a-ride" runs from rural areas into Traverse City. That change eliminated 55,000 miles from it's routes annually.

      Passengers who used the dial-a-ride service can now be picked up using BATA's new bus loops.

      "We hope that we'll take care of our existing customer base but will also provide a lot of opportunities for other demographic profiles that really didn't find us very easy to work with," said Tom Menzel, BATA Executive Director.

      For more information about the new system and where to catch a BATA bus, click here.