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.
BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY NOVEMBR 8, 2022
BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BUILDING
26195 Main Street
Beaver Island, MI 49782
Opening of Meeting
A. Call to Order
B. Determination of Quorum
C. Approval of Minutes
Minutes of annual meeting October 10, 2022 approved___ approved with corrections___
Minutes of regular meeting October 10, 2022 approved___ approved with corrections___
Additions to Agenda
FY22 Budget Adjustments
Management Services Agreement
Other Pertinent Business
The Authority will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities upon 72 hours advance notice by contacting Mary Cook, Executive Director, by email, phone, or mail, see below.
PO Box 426
Beaver Island, MI 49782
Ferry Survey and Beaver Island Transportation Plan
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in conjunction with Michigan State University are conducting a statewide ferry study. Over the next few months there will be individuals riding the boat and requesting passengers participate in a survey. Another study was conducted locally updating the Beaver Island Transportation Plan last year and those results can be viewed ⇒Here⇐
Questions can be directed to Mary Cook, Executive Director, Beaver Island Transportation Authority, 231/448/3049.
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.