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BATA is located at

418 Western Avenue
Brookings, SD 57006

BATA's office is in the same complex as the Brookings County Highway Department.

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ABOUT BATA

Public transportation is a core part of a community’s infrastructure, playing a vital part in economic development.  A goal of the Brookings Economic Development Corporation is to attract the baby-boomer population back to Brookings.  BATA understands the significance that public transit plays in this plan, keeping a pro-active strategy in mind.

BATA prides itself on being a very active and involved part of the community, both as a business, as well as on an individual basis, with many employees understanding the importance of doing so.  

BATA is a Medicaid licensed transportation provider which allows us to provide transportation service to medical centers for their patients that need our services.  We provide service to all of the clinics in the Brookings, Watertown, Sioux Falls areas, with scheduling transportation completed by the facilities or the individual patients.   

The History of BATA

The history of public transportation for the community of Brookings begins in April of 1982 when the Brookings Transportation Committee for the Elderly and Handicapped was organized as a volunteer service group. When this group reached the point of working with the state, they felt it was necessary to seek some technical assistance.  At this time they asked Inter-Lakes to become involved assisting them through the grants process and eventually to administer and operate the transit program. Transportation service included 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM six days a week and from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Sundays. A second vehicle was added to the fleet in 1987. 

The service was available to residents of Brookings and also the area communities one day per week upon request. Local coordination was done with the nursing home facilities, ADVANCE and the Brookings Public School system.  These were the only public vehicles that were accessible to accommodate wheelchairs.

Through increased ridership and transportation needs, in 1990 the decision was made to break away from the Inter-Lakes Community Action Program to allow the Brookings County Transportation for the elderly and disabled be a stand-alone agency.  The name was changed to Brookings Area Transit Authority, Inc. (BATA). Transportation was expanded to all, without limit to age or ability.

The development of community and governmental relationships with Brookings and the surrounding communities has fostered increased coordination with nursing homes, assisted living communities, United Way, ADVANCE, youth programs, South Dakota State University, Chamber of Commerce, health care providers, employers, families, etc.

Meet the Team

Brenda

Brenda Schweitzer

Executive Director

April2

April Thielsen

Office Finance Manager

Amber

Amber Blanchette

Customer Service

Jordyn

Jordyn Bortnem

Driver- BATA

Brad

Brad Erickson

Driver- BATA

Ron

Ron Klosterman

Driver- BATA

Kristine

Kristine Madsen

Driver- BATA

Leonard2

Leonard Witte

Driver- BATA

Jordan

Jordan Fast

Driver- BATA

Mike

Mike Mullaney

Driver Supervisor

Brad K

Brad Kragh

Maintenance- BATA

Anna

Anna Munkvold

Driver- Freeman

Bruce

Bruce Norman

Driver- BATA

Dan

Dan Eclov

Driver- BATA

Laverne

LaVerne Lanz

Driver- BATA

Terry

Terry McKeown

Driver- BATA

Russ

Russ Eich

Driver- BATA

Chuck

Chuck Engelstad

Driver- BATA

Jay

Jay Caylor

Mobility Manager

Diane

Diane Kriese

Dispatcher

Bonnie

Bonnie Hofer

Driver- Freeman

Charlie

Charlie Schnabel

Driver- BATA

Blake

Blake Azevedo

Driver- BATA

Kim

Kim Hubers

Driver- Dell Rapids

Kathy

Kathy Vrchota

Driver- BATA

Troy

Troy Jonker

Driver- BATA

Bob Risty

Robert Risty

Driver- Dell Rapids

Travis

Travis Bortnem

Resource Manager

Chris

Chris Williams

Dispatcher

Cheryl

Cheryl Fleury

Driver- BATA

Dave

Dave Gries

Driver- BATA

Lloyd

Lloyd Holter

Driver- BATA

Jim

Jim Eidem

Driver- BATA

Tom

Tom Arreola

Driver- BATA

Shirley

Shirley Deckert

Driver- Freeman

Steve

Steven Moulton

Driver- BATA

"Our mission to provide coordinated transportation services for all citizens of the Brookings area and to foster independence by providing mobility options is done so by allowing dignity, integrity and compassion to all those we serve."