The Beaver Island Transportation Authority
Regularly Scheduled Meeting For May 12, 2020
Has Been Cancelled.


Policies that have been implemented in response to the Covid 19 Pandemic

April 27, 2020

Beaver Island Boat Company would like to provide you with a list of policies that have been implemented in response to the Covid 19 Pandemic. We take our responsibility for the transportation of needed goods and services very seriously and will continue to do so. Beaver Island Boat Company will do everything in its power to fulfill its obligation as “Lifeline to the island.” We hope to be able to welcome everyone back to the island soon.

Compete letter with policies below or download

Note to Our Customers, Visitors, Employees, and Community

Postponement 4-1-20

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.