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Closed Thanksgiving Day

Mountain Line will not be operating Thursday, November 26, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We are operating Friday, November 27.

Happy Thanksgiving, riders! We’re grateful for you.

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Now Hiring: Maintenance Technician

Make the Wheels-on-the-Bus Go Round!

Join our team today as a full-time Maintenance Technician and help keep Mountain Line’s fleet moving forward safely and efficiently!

We offer competitive pay and excellent benefits. Willing to train applicants without transit bus experience. Opportunities for growth as we move toward an all-electric fleet.

Competitive candidates are committed to safety and:

  • Have 3 years technical experience and 1 year vocational training.
  • Possess, or can obtain, a Class B, Type II Montana Commercial Driver’s License with passenger endorsement. WILL TRAIN RIGHT CANDIDATE.
  • Vehicle information systems experience a plus.

Mountain Line is Missoula’s community bus service, providing over 1.5 million rides annually. We are committed to safety and service that benefit us all. Apply today and make serving Missoula your career!

Mountain Line is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, and to view all our opportunities visit our careers page.

Mountain Line Closed for Veterans Day

Mountain Line will NOT be operating, Wednesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Return to Normal Service Oct 6

We’re returning to 100 percent full, normal service Tues, Oct 6 – including reinstating Shuttle Van!

We know this return to normal is a day later than we planned, and we know there may still be days ahead where no matter how much we’ve planned, 2020 will meet us with a new challenge. But for now, we’re choosing to celebrate this moment. We look forward to welcoming you on board, masked up and ready to move forward, together.

Mountain Line Thanks Voters, Celebrates Future Expansions

Missoula Voters Approve Sunday Bus Service, Later-Evening Hours 

MISSOULA – Voters within the Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) approved a mill levy increase request Tuesday that will allow Mountain Line to expand its services to benefit all riders, including adding Sunday service for the first time ever and operating later into the evening.  

“Mountain Line benefits us all by helping students get to school, employees get to work and helping seniors and those living with disabilities remain mobile and active. Even those who don’t ride benefit from reduced traffic congestion, decreased parking demand and cleaner air,” said Jesse Dodson, MUTD board chair. “We’re grateful to voters for valuing these benefits, even in these difficult times, and for investing in them as our community grows.” 

The approved increase request of 20 mills will raise approximately $3 million annually, allowing Mountain Line to: 

  • Expand weekend service, including adding Sunday bus service for the first time. 
  • Increase bus frequency on heavily used routes. 
  • Provide funding to enhance the Zero-Fare program
  • Support the conversion of its fleet from diesel to all-electric. 

All service expansions will benefit both fixed-route riders and seniors and people living with disabilities who utilize Mountain Line’s Paratransit and Shuttle Van services. 

The mill levy initiative was a direct result of publicly-requested service expansions during Mountain Line’s strategic planning process in 2017, and in response to growing ridership due in large part to the agency’s successful Zero-Fare program. 

“Since the debut of our Zero-Fare program in 2015, we have seen ridership jump almost seventy percent, to 1.5 million rides annually,” said Dodson. “This mill levy increase will fund expanded services to meet the needs of our growing populace, helping to build a more equitable, accessible community, which benefits us all.”   

The success of the Zero-Fare program and resulting ridership increases have allowed Mountain Line to successfully compete for several federal and state grants over the last few years. Most recently, Mountain Line received two grants to purchase additional zero-tailpipe-emissions electric buses to replace diesel-fueled buses. The passing of this mill levy request will help Mountain Line remain competitive for future grant opportunities to continue the electrification of its fleet, moving it closer to its 2035 carbon reduction goals, while protecting Missoula’s air quality. 

“This is a transformative moment for Mountain Line,” said Corey Aldridge, Mountain Line general manager. “We heard Missoula’s desire for weekend and late-evening service and put together a plan to meet those demands. Now, the voters have given us permission to make that plan a reality.” 

Mountain Line will begin expanding its fleet and staff in the coming months, with a plan to debut the voter-approved service expansions in early 2022. 

In 2020, Mountain Line committed to a zero-tailpipe-emissions fleet by 2035. This solidified Mountain Line’s long-standing commitment to clean air, public health and a more sustainable future. Mountain Line became a zero-fare system in 2015, made possible through partnerships with local government, businesses and nonprofits. Since the debut of zero-fare, ridership has increased 70 percent. Mountain Line now provides more than 1.5 million rides annually, helping students get to school, employees get to work, and helping seniors and people living with disabilities stay active, mobile and independent. By reducing the number of single vehicles on the road, lessening traffic congestion and investing in electric buses, Mountain Line benefits us all.  


Mountain Line Releases Special Bus-to-Ballot Map Ahead of Election

In an effort to increase accessibility and access for voters this fall, Mountain Line has released a special Bus-to-Ballot map this week. The map details the public transportation routes Missoulians can take to access various ballot drop off locations and the Elections Center. All Mountain Line services are ADA accessible and zero-fare. 

“Transportation shouldn’t be a barrier to participating in our democracy,” said Corey Aldridge, Mountain Line general manager. “Mountain Line is proud to offer accessible, zero-fare service to all Missoulians, helping to create a more equitable community to benefit us all.” 

The special Bus-to-Ballot map is available as a PDF download here. Please note the Elections Center is open now through Election Day, but all other ballot drop-off locations are open only on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. Mountain Line is operating Tuesday, November 3. 

For voting information and location hours visit MissoulaVotes.com. Find Mountain Line route schedules here.

Daylight Savings Ends Sunday, November 1

Remember to turn back your clocks this Sunday, November 1.

Mountain Line to Return to Daily Service Updates

For the foreseeable future, Mountain Line will return to posting daily service updates indicating the level of service for the following day. This is in response to a growing number of COVID-19 close-contact quarantines, resulting in a staffing shortage. We will only reduce service if we absolutely must and are committed to your safety with every ride. Learn more about our safety commitments here.

The service level for each day will be posted on Mountain Line’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and on our COVID-19 page.

Service levels are defined as follows:

  • Normal Service – all routes are running as scheduled.
  • Tier 1 – Route 8 is adjusted. Shuttle Van is suspended.
  • Tier 2 – Route 8 and Shuttle Van are suspended. Route 12 is adjusted.
  • Tier 3 – Routes 8, 9 and Shuttle Van are suspended. Route 12 is adjusted.

Paratransit is not impacted by these service updates.

Thank you for your patience while we continue to adapt to an ever-changing situation. Please do your part to keep our community safe by wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance when possible and washing your hands frequently. Please do not ride if you are sick.

Learn more about how we’re keeping each other safe.

Route 8 Suspended Saturday, October 24

Route 8 is suspended today, Saturday, October 24. This is due to an unexpected staffing shortage due to close-contact quarantines.⁠ ⁠

Stay safe this weekend.