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Location & Transportation

Nestled along Mid-Michigan’s eastern shoreline of the Lower Peninsula, the Bay Area is all about location, location, location. Home to one of the busiest ports in the state, the region borders the southern end of the Saginaw Bay, an inlet of Lake Huron, and sits approximately 100 miles north of both Detroit and Lansing. The area’s proximity to these larger cities, as well as major markets in Grand Rapids; Toronto, ON, Canada and Chicago, IL; makes it a prime locale for residents and businesses alike.

Getting around the Bay Area is easy. Several thoroughfares traverse the region, with Interstate 75, U.S. Highways 23 and 10 and State Highways 13, 15, 25 and 84 all reachable from various points in the area. Commuters utilize these routes, as do businesses through more than 50 available truck lines. Rail service is also available via CSX Transportation, the Central Michigan Railroad Company and Lake State Railroad.

The Bay Metro Transit Authority provides convenient and affordable public transportation options to Bay County residents. Fixed-route service, dial-a-ride (Bay DART) service and flexed-route service offer transit to various destinations across the county, including educational institutions, employment centers and other public transit systems in surrounding counties. National routes can be accessed via Greyhound and Indian Trails Incorporated.

Air travel is available at James Clements Airport, situated just minutes from Downtown Bay City, or nearby MBS International Airport in Freeland. MBS is served by Delta Airlines, which provides daily direct flights to and from Detroit and Minneapolis, and United Airlines, offering daily direct flights to and from Chicago. The airport, approximately 20 minutes from Bay City, is also a hub for air cargo shipments.

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