Other recent changes, such as extended hours through 9:30 p.m., have been more successful, she said.
“We’ve had a few more people riding the last few buses,” Jeffries said. “It’s not as high as earlier, but more people are becoming aware of it.”
Mindy Hawley, one of the 4 p.m. passengers, usually takes the bus from Glen Arbor in the morning down to work in Traverse City, where she’s a sale representative for Cherry Capital Foods.
Her bus from Glen Arbor usually has seven or eight people on it, but the Traverse City buses are usually more crowded, she said.
She thinks BATA could have more streamlined routes.
“I wish there was a cross-town where you could get across town without stopping at Hall Street. It takes a lot of extra time,” Hawley said. “It’s not that convenient to just hop on if you want to make quick trips.”
BATA administrators will host public input sessions about potential City Loop changes on April 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 and April 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. The meetings will be held at the Hall Street Transfer Station conference room.