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      Suttons Bay schools will continue to use public bus system

      The Suttons Bay school board decided to use the Bay Area Transportation Authority for busing again.

      Students in the Suttons Bay School District will have a way to get to school this upcoming year.

      The school board decided to use the Bay Area Transportation Authority for busing again.

      Earlier this year, the Federal Transit Authority ordered BATA to stop running it's "Flex Routes" with Suttons Bay Public Schools due to route inconsistencies. BATA has since restructured it's system using "Loop Routes" instead.

      With the changes, BATA will now be allowed to provide busing for the school.

      Superintendent Mike Murray, of Suttons Bay Public Schools, says the decision will save the school district thousands of dollars.

      Buses will pick up students along Loop Routes only if they have a pass and are standing by the road when the bus drives by. If students don't live along the route, they can go to any BATA bus stop and be picked up.