by Jim Moore
We get snow in northern Michigan…often lots of it. If you don’t like winter driving or would like to relax while someone else does the driving, one of the best ways to get around to shops and dining is to hop on the free BATA Bayline Bus route!
The Bayline delivers fast and frequent service to downtown, the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and more. The Bayline runs daily from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm with buses every 15 minutes on a route that runs along many of the hotels that line East Grand Traverse Bay. See the full map and schedule here.
Downtown Traverse City is beautiful in the winter with its tree-lined holiday lights. There are several accessible places to eat downtown such as Little Fleet, Slate, Firefly, Grand Traverse City Pie Company, and more, as well as many accessible places to shop such as Horizon Books, Cherry Republic, Ella’s and Eleven.
The Bayline bus is also an easy and convenient way to take a side trip to explore the historic Village at Grand Traverse Commons. The Commons has eclectic boutiques, a winery and brewery and great restaurants. Both Trattoria Stella and PepeNero restaurants located at the Commons are both accessible and wonderful choices for Italian cuisine.
The Bayline can also take you to the Historic Barns Park, the Grand Traverse Mall, the Traverse City State Park and the Pirate's Cove (in the summer, of course!).
Call BATA Customer Service | 231.941.2324
Visit BATA Online | https://www.bata.net/maps-schedules/link-on-demand/link-on-demand-nemt.html
Traverse City Tourism | Accessible Winter Travel Made Easy
Jim Moore has served as the Executive Director of Disability Network Northern Michigan since July 2003. Prior to his current position, Jim was the Interim CEO of the American Lung Association and Director of Governmental Affairs and Programs. He has worked in nonprofit leadership for over 25 years. Jim is passionate about social justice, and the idea that the human experience should be full and rich for everyone. He loves being outdoors, music and the arts.
Disability Network Northern Michigan is the first stop for people with disabilities and their families in northern Michigan. Our mission is to promote personal empowerment and positive social change for people with disabilities. We educate and connect people with disabilities to resources while advocating for social change in an accessible and welcoming community. Disability Network is providing services to customers and community members via phone, email and online. Our office is closed to walk-in business until further notice. We welcome you to virtually join us for peer support and connection with our weekly Zoom online events. Please see our website event page for Zoom online event details!
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