Beaver Island Transportation Authority
Board of Directors’ Meeting

To: The residents and property owners of Beaver Island, MI, and any other interested parties.

Please take notice that a meeting of the Beaver Island Transportation Authority Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 12 noon by electronic remote access.

Electronic remote access, in accordance with Michigan law, will be implemented in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and limitations on the number of individuals in a meeting hall.

The public may participate in the meeting through Zoom access by computer and smart phone using the following link:


To be held electronically (see notice)
Tuesday December 8, 2020
12:00 PM


Opening of Meeting
A.  Call to Order
B.  Determination of Quorum
C.  Procedures for teleconference due to COVID-19
D. Minutes of regular meeting November 10, 2020 approved__ approved with corrections__

Additions to Agenda

Treasurer’s Report

FY22 MDOT Application/Budget

Temporary Bill Approval and Check Signing

2021 Schedule/Fares (no change)

Fuel Agreement

Director’s Report

Equipment/Property Maintenance Plan


Other Pertinent Business

Executive Director Evaluation (closed session)

Public Comment


Beaver Island Transportation Authority Request For Proposal

Consulting Firm to Review and Update Transportation Plan

View Documents - Proposals



EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 2020-147 Masks
Effective July 13, 2020

This order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering. No mask—no service.

Face Mask

This order includes while onboard the Vessel during the entire duration of your trip whether you are seated inside or outside. Please work with us as we comply with the state requirements. We take providing safe service to Beaver Island very seriously. Your cooperation ensures we are allowed to continue operating.

We appreciate your cooperation!

COVID-19 Information

Beaver Island Transportation Authority (BITA)

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority (BITA) is the owner of the M/V Emerald Isle. The vessel is operated by the Beaver Island Boat Company (BIBCO) and is a “scheduled fixed route ferry service” providing transportation to and from Charlevoix, Michigan to Beaver Island, Michigan. The M/V Beaver Islander is owned by BIBCO and is also used for the scheduled fixed route service.

BITA was formed in 1993 pursuant of Public Act 196 to form a transit system in the greater Beaver Island area. Through federal, state, and local funding the M/V Emerald Isle was designed and launched in 1997. In 1993 BITA and BIBCO signed a thirty year management agreement to operate the ferry service.

Emerald Isle - BITA

The BITA Board is comprised of five members appointed by St. James Township. The board meets monthly on the second Tuesday,12 noon, at the BITA building. Financial assistance is received annually through the Michigan Department of Transportation Act 51. BIBCO retains all revenues and pays BITA the local match of fifty percent for operating assistance and ten percent for capital grants.